The US President,Mr. Donald Trump, has described as a 'very dangerous situation' that now prevails between India and Pakistan, following the Pulwama suicide attack that killed 49 Central Reserve Force Police personnel.
He indicated that Washington was trying to defuse the heightening tensions between the two neighbours, but right now between Pakistan and India, there is a very, very bad situation. A very dangerous situation. We would like to see it [hostilities] stop. A lot of people were just killed. We want to see it just stop. We are very much involved in that [process],' Mr. Trump told reporters in his Oval Office in Washington.
The February 14 attack was claimed by the Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) militant group. Immediately, India withdrew the 'Most Favoured Nation (MNF) it had given Pakistan and also imposed a 200 per cent import duty on all goods originating from there.
'India is looking at something very strong. It just lost almost 50 people in the attack. I can understand that too,' Mr. Trump said. He added his government was in consultations with both countries. 'We’re talking. A lot of people are. It’s going to be a very, very delicate balance. There are a lot of problems between India and Pakistan because of what just happened,' he said.
Earlier Donald Trump had said the Pulwama attack 'only strengthens our resolve to bolster counter-terrorism cooperation and coordination between the US and India.' Islamabad, however, denies any involvement but sought from India 'actionable intelligence', which New Delhi termed as a 'lame excuse'.
The Pakistan Army has accused India of issuing war threats and warned of a 'surprise response' if New Delhi initiated any aggression.
Mr. Trump said the US had suspended military aid to Pakistan 'because they weren’t helping us in the way that they should have. I stopped paying Pakistan the 1.3 billion dollars that we used to pay them. In the meantime, we may set up some meetings with Pakistan. UNI