New Delhi: The European Union on Monday asked Pakistan to take “clear and sustained” actions against terrorist groups, and not only the UN-listed but also the group that claimed responsibility for the Pulwama terror attack. Also Read - Coronavirus: After Pakistan Foreign Minister Qureshi, Health Minister Zafar Mirza Tests Positive

This statement comes amid India mounting diplomatic pressure worldwide to stonewall Pakistan’s efforts to ‘shield’ terror groups breeding on its soil. Also Read - Coronavirus: Pakistan Foreign Minister Qureshi Tests Positive, Says Will Continue to Work From Home

The EU also issued a statement for both India and Pakistan, urging nations to de-escalate tensions that have arisen in wake of the dastardly south Kashmir’s Pulwama attack, orchestrated by Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM). Also Read - Pakistan: 19 Sikh Pilgrims Dead, 60 Injured in Bus-train Collision Near Lahore

Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice President of the EU Commission, urged Pakistan and India to urgently “de-escalate” the tension which has built up after the attack.

Mogherini also highlighted the need to “continue addressing terrorism including clear and sustained actions targeting not only all United Nations-listed transnational terrorist groups but also individuals claiming responsibility for such attacks” the statement said. In addition, she said the EU’s policy has always been to promote a dialogue between Pakistan and India to sort out differences.

The February 14 terror attack in Pulwama claimed lives of 40 CRPF personnel after an explosive-laden car rammed a CRPF bus on the Jammu-Srinagar highway.

Following Jaish’s declaration to have carried out the attack, India withdrew its Most Favoured Nation status for Pakistan and hiked the customs duty by 200 per cent on goods originating from Pakistan.

With PTI inputs