New Delhi: US President Donald Trump on Thursday expressed his hope that ‘reasonably decent news’ would come following US efforts to de-escalate the tension prevailing between India and Pakistan. The statement comes a day after the two nuclear powers flew jets into each other’s territories. An Indian pilot was captured as a result by Pakistan.
President Trump said, “I think reasonably attractive news from Pakistan and India, they have been going at it and we have been involved and have them stop, we have some reasonably decent news, hopefully, its going to be coming to an end, going on for a long time, decades and decades.”
At a press conference, Trump said that the US had played a role in mediating between both the countries. Trump added, “We have been in the middle trying to help them both out.”
The United States also extended support to India’s decision in taking 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.
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.
About 40 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 mounted 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. Thereafter, the United States, Britain and France proposed the United Nations Security Council on Wednesday to blacklist the head of Pakistan-based militant group Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM), for attacking Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) in south Kashmir’s Pulwama.
(With Agency inputs)