New Delhi: After the dastardly Pulwama terror attack that claimed lives of 40 CRPF personnel, the situation between India and Pakistan is ‘very dangerous’, said US president Donald Trump on Saturday. “There’s a terrible thing going on right now between Pakistan and India. It’s a very very bad situation and it is a dangerous situation between the two countries. We would like to see it stop,” the US president asserted, in a response to a question at the Oval office.
“India is looking at something very strong. The country just lost almost 50 people. A lot of people are talking. But it’s a very very delicate balance going on. Right now there’s a lot of problem between India and Pakistan because of what just happened in Kashmir. It’s very dangerous,” he added.
Furthermore Trump accused Pakistan of taking ‘very strong advantage’ of the United States under other presidents. “I stopped paying Pakistan the $1.3-billion that we used to pay them. In the meantime, we may set up some meetings with Pakistan. Pakistan was taking very strong advantage of the United States under other presidents. We were paying Pakistan $1.3 billion a year. I ended that payment, because they were not helping us in the way they should have,” the US president said.
Earlier, Trump had described as ‘horrible’ the deadly terror attack by Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed, as his administration offered full support to India to combat terrorism and asked Islamabad to punish anyone responsible for the ‘heinous act’.
State Department Deputy Spokesperson Robert Palladino, while speaking to reporters had said,”We’re committed to working with the Indian government to combat terrorism in all of its forms.”
“The perpetrator of that heinous act claimed allegiance to the United Nations-designated, Pakistan-based terrorist group Jaish-e-Mohammed, and we call on all countries to uphold their responsibilities pursuant to the United Nations Security Council resolutions to deny safe haven and support for terrorists,” Palladino added.
Around 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel were killed after a suicide bomber attacked a CRPF convoy in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district with a vehicle laden with explosives. The convoy comprised 78 buses in which around 2,500 personnel were travelling from Jammu to Srinagar. The slain jawans personnel were travelling in a bus which came under the terror attack.