South Asia Democratic Forum Publishes its Latest Policy Brief on Pakistan`s Cross-border Terrorism

Sep 04, 2016, 12:38 ET from South Asia Democratic Forum

BRUSSELS, September 4, 2016 /PRNewswire/ --

SADF aims to call attention to their latest Policy Brief entitled: "Pakistan`s cross-border terrorism. The Pathankot attack".

You can find the policy brief here

At their latest summit in June 2016, the European and Indian authorities identified terrorism as one of the major areas of common concern. European and Indian leaders condemned "the recent terror attacks in Brussels and Paris, Pathankot and Gurdaspur and -recalling the November 2008 terror attacks in Mumbai- called for the perpetrators of these attacks to be brought to justice. Leaders called for decisive and united actions to be taken against ISIL (Da'esh), Lashkar-e-Tayibba, Jaish-e-Mohammad, Hizb-ul-Mujahideen, the Haqqani Network and other internationally active terrorist groups such as Al-Qaeda and its affiliates." (India - EU Joint Declaration on the Fight Against Terrorism, 30 March 2016, para 4). 

While the immediate objective of the Pathankot attack -to inflict damage to the air logistics of the Indian armed forces- was not achieved, the Pakistani military establishment has been successful in its strategic objective to derail the Indo-Pakistani diplomatic dialogue, while avoiding any sanctions for their blatant disregard of international law and openly supporting terrorism.

SADF strongly believes that the European Union should build on its firm condemnation of cross-border terrorism - and in particular the Pathankot attack - and on this basis promote a dialogue between the parties that will foster peace, cooperation and democracy in South Asia. The EU should also seek to sanction and isolate elements in the Pakistani military establishment trying to promote discord between the two countries and foster tension in the region, through its blatant export of militancy and terrorism.

SOURCE South Asia Democratic Forum