1. India gets US thumbs up on surgical strikes, Pakistan faces the music

India gets US thumbs up on surgical strikes, Pakistan faces the music

Surgical strikes: The United States on Wednesday supported India's “right to self defence” in the aftermath of Uri attack which killed 19 Indian soldiers, while dismissing Pakistan's recent attempt to link peace in Afghanistan with resolution on Kashmir issue.

By: | New Delhi | Updated: October 13, 2016 10:25 PM
In a heavily militarised ties that has also experienced three wars, there is a need for restraint, says US. In a heavily militarised ties that has also experienced three wars, there is a need for restraint, says US. (PTI)

Surgical strikes: The United States on Wednesday supported India’s “right to self defence” in the aftermath of Uri attack which killed 19 Indian soldiers, while dismissing Pakistan’s recent attempt to link peace in Afghanistan with resolution on Kashmir issue.

Speaking before the Washington audience, Peter Lavoy, the White House’s point person for South Asia said that the Indo-Us relations are most dynamic for his country.

While condemning the Uri attack he said it was a clear case of cross-border terrorism.

But in a heavily militarised ties that has also experienced three wars, there is a need for restraint, said Lavoy.

Both India and Pakistan have a “friction-filled relationship” and they have not yet overcome that, he said further.

Recently, Lavoy met the two special envoys of Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Kashmir issue.

Two envoys had linked peace in Afghanistan to resolving the Kashmir issue in their public meetings .

Lavoy also said the Obama administration is taking every possible step to ensure that India becomes a member of the Nuclear Suppliers Group by the end of 2016.

In 2016 India ought to join the NSG, he said while referring to the commitment made by the US.

The White House spokesperson argued that India becoming a member of the group, would exhibit it’s new leadership in non-proliferation.

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