Trump not satisfied with Pak’s anti-terror actions
Trump not satisfied with Pak’s anti-terror actions

Trump predicts strong action by Delhi

Agency News

Stressing that a lot of problems exist between India and Pakistan, the US President, Mr. Donald Trump, felt New Delhi is looking at something 'very strong' in the wake of the Pulwama terror attack.

In that attack in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama 40 CRPF personnel were killed and five injured on February 14 in one of the deadliest terror attacks, when a suicide bomber of Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) rammed a vehicle carrying a huge quantity of explosives into their bus.

India promptly launched a major diplomatic offensive against Islamabad and highlighted Pakistan's role in using terrorism as an instrument of state policy.

The international community, led by the US, had pressed Pakistan to deny safe haven to terror groups operating form its soil and bring the Pulwama perpetrators to justice.

After his meeting with a visiting Chinese trade delegation led by its Vice Premier, Mr. Liu He, Mr. Trump told reporters at the White House that 'in Kashmir, it's very dangerous'.

He referred to the possibility of a strong Indian response in the wake of the attack.

'India is looking at something very strong. And I mean, India just lost almost 50 people with an attack. So, I could understand that' he said when asked about India's right to self-defence.

On the tense situation between the two countries, Mr. Trump said the US is talking so does some other nations.

'We are talking and a lot of people are talking. But, it is a very, very delicate balance going on right now. There's a lot of problems between India and Pakistan because of what just happened,' he said.

'It's a terrible thing going on right now.... it is a very, very bad situation and it's a very dangerous situation. We would like to see it stopped. A lot of people were just killed and we want to see it stopped,' Mr. Trump said.

He claimed his administration has developed a much better relationship with Pakistan, even after he stopped 1.3 billion dollars in financial aid to Islamabad.

'I stopped Pakistan, the 1.3 billion dollars that we were paying 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 and we were paying Pakistan 1.3 billion a year. I ended that payment to Pakistan because they weren't helping us in a way that they should have. And honestly, we've developed a much better relationship with Pakistan over the last short period of time than we had," Trump said.

In the wake of the Pulwama attack, US National Security Adviser John Bolton told his Indian counterpart Ajit Doval last week that America supports India's right to self-defence as both sides vowed to work together to ensure that Pakistan ceases to be a safe haven for JeM and other terror groups.

India has asked Pakistan to take immediate and verifiable action against terrorists and terror groups operating from territories under its control.

New Delhi also announced the withdrawal of the Most Favoured Nation status for Pakistan and hiked the customs duty by 200 per cent.