John Kerry speaks to Sushma Swaraj twice over two days; US encourages dialogue between India-Pak

By: | Published: September 29, 2016 7:55 AM

The address of the political honchos of two neighbouring nations at the UNGA has got the attention of all. While Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif called out for UN aid to Kashmir issue, Sushma Swaraj's direct attack on the terroristic acts of Pak was a befitting reply. The tension between Pakistan and India after the Uri attack has intensified.

This was the first time post the September 18 terrorist attack on Indian Army base at Uri in Jammu and Kashmir that senior political level talk happened between the US and Indian leadership, sources said. (Source: IE)This was the first time post the September 18 terrorist attack on Indian Army base at Uri in Jammu and Kashmir that senior political level talk happened between the US and Indian leadership, sources said. (Source: IE)

The address of the political honchos of two neighbouring nations at the UNGA has got the attention of all. While Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif called out for UN aid to Kashmir issue, Sushma Swaraj’s direct attack on the terroristic acts of Pak was a befitting reply. The tension between Pakistan and India after the Uri attack has intensified. Even with the state gearing up for the Presidential Polls, US Secretary of State John Kerry reportedly had two conversations with the External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on the rising heat.

This was the first time post the September 18 terrorist attack on Indian Army base at Uri in Jammu and Kashmir that senior political level talk happened between the US and Indian leadership, sources said.

Kerry, as reported by Indian Express has requested Swaraj not to escalate the matters with Pakistan. State Department Spokesperson John Kirby stated that John Kerry “reiterated the need for Pakistan to prevent all terrorists from using Pakistani territory as safe havens, while commending recent efforts by Pakistani security forces to counter extremist violence.”

The US has been making loud and clear that it stands against all acts of terrorism with the US State Department deputy spokesperson Mark Toner saying ‘We continue to put pressure on Pakistan to respond to those groups who are, quote/unquote, seeking safe haven on Pakistan’s borders.’

This comes after his meeting with the Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif at the UNGA. Sharif had raised the Kashmir issue in his address at the UN General Assembly and had called ‘Indian brutalities [in Kashmir] well documented.’

In a retaliation to the terrorist attacks by Pakistan, India called off its participation in the SAARC Summit to be held in November at Islamabad in Pakistan. Further, the MFN(Most Favoured Nation) status given to Pakistan by India will also be reviewed on Thursday. All these actions are being noticed by the United States and they are appreciating the restrained way of acting by India despite the gravity of the situation.

Though the US is still emphasising for India and Pak to resolve their issues through dialogue and peaceful means.White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said the US had continued to “encourage India and Pakistan to find ways to resolve their differences, not through violence, but through diplomacy”.

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