Pakistan ambassador expresses disappointment with US over ‘support’ to India

Pakistan’s ambassador to Washington voiced disappointment that the United States has not condemned India’s air incursion.
He said that this has only “emboldened” New Delhi.

With the nuclear-armed rivals ordering their warplanes into action, Pakistani Ambassador Asad Majeed Khan wants United States to blame India.

“It is construed and understood as an endorsement of the Indian position and that is what emboldened them even more,” Khan told reporters when asked about the US statement.

Asad Majeed Khan added that Pakistan has had close relationship with China and rising friction with Washington.

He added that he was eager for greater US diplomacy between Islamabad and New Delhi.

This comes as India sent in its warplanes to carry out air strikes on a militant camp inside Pakistan.

It is for the first time since 1971 that India struck inside Pakistan.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, in a statement after talking to his counterparts in both countries, described the Indian strikes as “counter-terrorism actions.”

While urging both sides to avoid escalation, he urged Pakistan to take “meaningful action against terrorist groups operating on its soil.”

President Donald Trump’s administration last year cut off $300 million in military aid to Pakistan, saying Islamabad had not done enough to fight extremists at home or close safe havens for militants in neighboring Afghanistan.

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