U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, center, and Pakistani prime minister's adviser on foreign affairs Sartaj Aziz, left, arrive for their joint press conference in Islamabad, Pakistan, Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)
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The U.S. and Pakistan vowed Tuesday to intensify a crackdown on militants hiding in lawless border areas, as top diplomat John Kerry urged renewed peace talks with India to strengthen regional stability.Last month's shocking school massacre in Peshawar by the Pakistani Taliban triggered global outrage, and sharpened the focus on militant groups hiding in Pakistan's northwestern tribal region. Speaking at a joint press conference with Pakistan's national security adviser Sartaj Aziz, Kerry said Pakistan deserved "enormous credit" for the operation.Pakistan executed seven militants Tuesday, bringing to 16 the number hanged since December.Kerry also stressed that Washington had what he called a "uniform concern about the region's stability," urging India and Pakistan to return to peace talks.The U.S. remains "deeply concerned by the increasing spate of increased violence along the working boundary and the Line of Control," Kerry said.He meanwhile insisted that the U.S.-Pakistan relationship was not solely based on military and defense interests.
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