New Delhi: After China urged India and Pakistan to exercise restraint, the Australian government too raised concerns over the relations between the two South-Asian countries since the deadly Pulwama terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir on February 14.

Condemning the dastardly attack by Pakistan-based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne asserted that Pakistan must take immediate action against terrorist organisations, which includes Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) as well in its territory.

Stating that Pakistan cannot allow extremist groups to operate from its territory, Payne said that Islamabad must do everything to implement its own proscription of JeM. She said, “Australia urges both sides to exercise restraint, avoid any action which would endanger peace and security in the region and engage in dialogue to ensure that these issues are resolved peacefully.”

Earlier today, China also urged both the countries to exercise restraint and said, “We hope that both India and Pakistan can exercise restraint and adopt actions that will help stabilise the situation in the region and improve mutual relations.” China Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang added, “We hope the two countries can keep restraint and do more to improve bilateral relations.”

Stating that fighting terrorism is a global practice and needs necessary cooperation, Kang asked both New Delhi and Islamabad to maintain sound relations and cooperation for peace and stability in South Asia.

European Union spokesperson, Maja Kocijancic, too said, “We’re following very closely the current developments between India and Pakistan. We remain in contact with both countries and what we believe is essential, is that all exercise maximum restraint and avoid further escalation of tensions.”

India carried out non-military, pre-emptive air strikes across the Line of Control (LoC) early on Tuesday morning to target the terror group JeM which was planning more attacks in the country after Pulwama, government officials in New Delhi said.

At least 12 Mirage 2000 jets of the IAF shelled 1,000 kg laser-guided bombs to avenge the dastardly Pulwama attack in Kashmir, which claimed lives of 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) jawans. The fighter jets pounded JeM terror camps in Balakot, Muzaffarabad and Chakoti. As per government sources, around 300 terrorists were neutralised in the action by the IAF.