Amid India & Pakistan tensions, US asks Islamabad for meaningful action against terror groups

After India carried out strikes inside Pakistan to take out the terror camps of Jaish, the US asked Islamabad to take “meaningful action” against terrorist groups.

The Donald Trump administration also called for India and Pakistan to “exercise restraint” amid heightened tension between the two countries.

“We encourage India and Pakistan to exercise restraint, and avoid escalation at any cost,” US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement today.

Pompeo spoke separately with Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj and her Pakistan counterpart Shah Mahmood Qureshi.

Mike Pompeo said that in talks with Mr Qureshi, he stressed “the priority of de-escalating current tensions by avoiding military action, and the urgency of Pakistan taking meaningful action against terrorist groups operating on its soil.”

Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj, who is in China today for a meeting with the foreign ministers of Russia and China, defended the air strikes across the Line of Control.

The Jaish-e-Mohammed had killed 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) soldiers in Pulwama on February 14, in the deadliest attack on security forces in Kashmir.

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