US slams Pakistan for cross-border terrorism, supports India on surgical strikes: 5 developments

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Updated: September 30, 2016 12:50:20 PM

US on Thursday asked Pakistan to take action against UN-designated terrorist outfits and delegitimise them. It also slammed Pakistan for cross-border terrorism

 "The United States continues to be concerned by the danger that cross-border terrorism poses to the region and we fully expect Pakistan to combat and delegitimize the UN Designated terrorist groups," Earnest said.“The United States continues to be concerned by the danger that cross-border terrorism poses to the region and we fully expect Pakistan to combat and delegitimize the UN Designated terrorist groups,” Earnest said.

The United States on Thursday asked Pakistan to take action against UN-designated terrorist outfits and delegitimise them. It also slammed Pakistan for cross-border terrorism and reiterated its support to India on the terrorism issue. Here are five developments:

1)  “The United States continues to be concerned by the danger that cross-border terrorism poses to the region and we fully expect Pakistan to combat and delegitimize the UN Designated terrorist groups,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest said.

2) He also added, “The United States is firmly committed commitment to our partnership with India and to our joint efforts to combat terrorism.” “We understand that the Indian and Pakistani militaries have been in communication, and we believe continued communication is important to reduce tensions,” a White House statement said, adding that Washington has “repeatedly expressed concerns regarding the danger that cross-border terrorism poses to the region, including the recent attack in Uri.”

3) According to a TOI report, Earnest said Washington was aware of the development but saw the positive side of the militaries of the two sides being in communication with each other after the Indian action. “We encourage both sides to continue the discussion to avoid escalation,” he said.

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4) Top American experts also extended support towards India and said, “the surgical strikes by India across the LoC in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir were carried out in self-defence and would receive support from the US but risk further escalation of tensions.” “India can rightly note that the United States has conducted numerous unilateral counter-terrorist operations inside Pakistan against targets like Osama bin Laden and Mullah Mansour. India can cite its right to self-defence,” said Bruce Riedel of the Brookings Institute. Alyssa Ayres, a former State Department official and currently with the Council on Foreign Relations, hoped that the Obama Administration “sends a firm message” to Islamabad that it “bears responsibility for escalated tensions” by its own refusal to rein in terror groups. “Pakistan’s irresponsible threats about using nuclear weapons yesterday was extremely disturbing especially since they have done nothing in response to the terrorist attack in Uri,” she said.

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5) Lisa Curtis from The Heritage Foundation said, “With the Uri attack, Pakistan upped the ante, seeking to draw international attention to Kashmir at a time when civil protests had been wracking the state,” she said. The Pakistan government’s denial of involvement in the September 18 attack is not credible, given that Pakistanis have done little to nothing to shut down terrorist groups operating from their territory.”

Ahead of monitoring surgical strikes by Indian Army across the Line of Control on terror launch pads in Pakistan, India’s National Security Advisor Ajit Doval had a significant conversation with his US counterpart Susan E Rice on Wednesday. Sharing the details of the talk between Rice and Doval on Wednesday, a White House statement said, “Ambassador Rice strongly condemned the September 18 cross-border attack on the Indian Army Brigade headquarters in Uri and offered condolences to the victims and their families.”

India conducted surgical strikes on Wednesday night along the LoC to safeguard our nation, the Defence Ministry said on Thursday. “Significant casualties have been caused to terrorists and those trying to shield them,” DGMO Lt Gen Ranbir Singh said.

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