Pulwama attack horrible, says Trump

Pulwama attack horrible, says Trump

S. Sivadas

S. Sivadas

The US President, Mr.  Donald Trump, has described as 'horrible' the terror attack by  Jaish-e-Mohammed in Pulwama, in Jammu and Kashmir as his administration offered full support to India to combat terrorism and asked Islamabad to punish anyone responsible for the 'heinous act'.

The attack on February 14  had left 40 Central Reserve Police Force personnel dead and led to escalation of tensions between the two countries.

Mr. Trump told reporters at the Oval Office of White House in Washington that it would be 'wonderful' if the two South Asia neighbours got along.

'I have watched. I have got a lot of reports on it. We will have comment (on it) at an appropriate time. It would be wonderful if they (India and Pakistan) get along.'

'That (the terrorist attack) was a horrible situation. We are getting reports. We will have a statement to put out,' Mr. Trump said.

At a separate news conference, the State Department said the US had been in close communication with the Indian government 'to express not only our condolences but our strong support .We’re committed to working with the Indian government to combat terrorism in all of its forms'.

The US had a close, cooperative relationship with India, a security relationship, and that includes counter-terrorism operations, he said.

'So we are committed to working with India, the Indian government, and on these counter-terrorism efforts, both bilaterally and multilaterally, including at the United Nations,' Mr.  Palladino said.

Following the  attack, Mr. Trump’s National Security Advisor, Mr.  John Bolton, has supported India’s right to self-defence.

The US Secretary of State, Mr.  Mike Pompeo, Mr. Bolton and White House Press Secretary, Ms.  Sarah Sanders in separate statements have asked Pakistan to immediately take action against the JeM and its leaders and end support to terrorist safe havens.