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Pak-backed terror groups feared to continue attacks in India: US Intel Chief

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Washington | Wednesday, Feb 14 2018 IST
Director of US National Intelligence, Dan Coats, has warned that there was fear of Pakistan-supported terrorist groups continuing to carry out attacks inside India.

Mr Coates told this in his testimony before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on Tuesday. He said such a situation would lead to the escalation of tension between the two neighbours.

Mr Coats' remarks have come a few days after a group of Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorists struck the Sunjuwan Military Camp in Jammu on Saturday, killing seven people including six soldiers.

He said Pakistan will continue to threaten US interests by deploying new nuclear weapons capabilities, maintaining its ties with the terrorists, restricting counter-terrorism cooperation, and drawing closer to China.

"Militant groups supported by Islamabad will continue to take advantage of their safe haven in Pakistan to plan and conduct attacks in India and Afghanistan, including against US interests," Mr Coats said during the hearing on 'Worldwide Threat Assessment' of the US intelligence community.

He said Pakistan's perception of its eroding position relative to India, reinforced by endemic economic weakness and domestic security issues, almost certainly will exacerbate long-held fears of isolation and drive Islamabad's pursuit of actions that run counter to US goals for the region.

Without specifically referring to any terrorist incident by Pakistan-based groups, Mr Coats told the lawmakers that he expected tension between the two neighbours.

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