Washington: The United States supports India’s decision to take action against Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terror camps in Pakistan, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo reportedly told National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval. As per sources close to ANI, the two had a telephonic conversation late on Wednesday night. Also Read - Secret Tunnel Used to Infiltrate Terrorists From Pakistan Detected in J&K's Kathua | Watch
Earlier on Wednesday, the US had asked Pakistan to abide by its United Nations Security Council (UNSC) commitments to deny terrorists safe haven and block their access to funds. The development came a few hours after India handed over a dossier to Pakistan on ‘specific details’ of involvement of Masood Azhar-led JeM in the Pulwama terror attack. Also Read - Bolsonaro Likens COVID-19 Vaccine to 'Sanjeevani Booti', Thanks PM Modi After Consignment of Covishield Arrives in Brazil
In one of the worst attacks in Jammu and Kashmir, 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel were killed on February 14 as an explosive-laden vehicle was rammed into a bus in the convoy of the jawans. The JeM had taken the responsibility of the attack. In retaliation, India on Tuesday avenged the attack by mounting a massive offensive on Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) in Pakistan and carried a ‘non-military pre-emptive air strike’ on three camps of the terrorist organisation, killing nearly 300 militants. Also Read - China Sanctions Trump Officials, Including Mike Pompeo, Hours After Biden Takes Over as President
“Cross-border terrorism, such as recent attack on India’s CRPF, poses grave threat to security of the area. We reiterate our call for Pakistan to abide by its United Nations Security Council commitments to deny terrorists safe haven and block their access to funds,” a State Department spokesperson said.
The US also called on India and Pakistan to cease all cross-border military activity and for a return to stability. “Urge both sides to take immediate steps to de-escalate the situation, including direct communication. Further military activity will exacerbate situation,” the spokesperson added.
The United States, Britain and France have also proposed the United Nations Security Council to blacklist the head of Pakistan-based militant group Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) in the wake of Pulwama terror attack, asking the 15-member UNSC sanctions committee to subject Maulana Masood Azhar to an arms embargo, global travel ban and asset freeze.
The 15-member Security Council sanctions committee which operates by consensus have time till March 13 to raise objections and take a stand on the proposal. The JeM which has ties with the al Qaeda was earlier blacklisted by the UN Security Council in 2001 following attack on Parliament of India.