SOURCE: LIVE MINT
927 The number of terrorist attacks India witnessed in 2016, according to the US State Department’s ‘Country Report on Terrorism’. India was ranked the third in terms of the number of terrorist attack, higher than Pakistan, which witnessed 734 attacks.
This assumes significance as the Brics Summit 2017 issued a declaration to strengthen cooperation against some terrorist organisations such as the Taliban, Al-Qaeda, and Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), in what is being seen as a diplomatic victory for India. These terror groups have been included for the first time in Brics’ joint declaration.
India holds LeT responsible for cross-border attacks, including the 2008 Mumbai attack that killed 166 people, while JeM was blamed for an attack on Indian Parliament in 2001.
India has repeatedly asked Pakistan, which has not been explicitly mentioned in the declaration, to take action against these groups but the latter has always denied its involvement in any of the attacks, especially in Jammu and Kashmir, and has claimed to be a victim itself.