Britain, India call for Pakistan crackdown on militants

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The prime ministers of India and Britain called on Pakistan Thursday to crack down on militant groups operating from its territory.

"No-one is in any doubt, least of all the Pakistani government themselves, that there has been and still are terrorist organisations like the LeT and others that need to be cracked down on and eliminated," Britain's David Cameron said.

Cameron, speaking at a joint press conference with his Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh at the end of a two-day visit to the country, angered Islamabad on Wednesday with a warning about the country's "export of terror."

Singh called on Pakistan to make equal efforts to eliminate insurgents operating in western border areas near Afghanistan and the eastern border with India.

"I sincerely hope that the government of Pakistan will honour its commitment given to us on a number of occasions that Pakistani territory will not be allowed to be used for terrorism," Singh said.

Pakistan has been under pressure this week after leaked secret US military documents detailed alleged links between Pakistan's ISI intelligence services and Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan.

Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), referred to by Cameron, is held responsible for the 2008 Mumbai attacks, which left 166 people dead and derailed peace talks between India and Pakistan.

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