Trump On Pulwama Attack, "Dangerous Situation Between India, Pakistan"

Trump On Pulwama Attack, "Dangerous Situation Between India, Pakistan"

Trump On Pulwama Attack, "Dangerous Situation Between India, Pakistan" (file image)

New Delhi: The President of the United States, Donald Trump said that the situation between India and Pakistan is "very dangerous" after the terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama in which over 40 CRPF soldiers were martyred.

Donald Trump told reporters in the Oval Office, "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)," according to news agency PTI.

Donald Trump said, "India is looking at something very strong. India just lost almost 50 people in the attack. I can understand that too," adding that his administration was talking to authorities in both countries. "We're talking. A lot of people are. It's going to be a very, very delicate balance. There is a lot of problems between India and Pakistan because of what just happened," he said.

The Pulwama terror attack, which is slammed to be the worst on security forces in the Kashmir valley this decade, has led to an escalation of tensions between India and Pakistan. On Friday, Pakistan army had warned India against any "misadventure", saying it was capable of responding.

Many diplomatic steps have been taken by India to isolate Pakistan in the international community for its support to terror groups and cross border terrorism. India took away Pakistan's Most Favoured Nation status and also imposed a 200 per cent customs duty on its goods.

India has said it had "incontrovertible evidence" of Pakistan's involvement in the Pulwama attack. However, the government of Pakistan government has denied involvement, calling the attack a matter of "grave concern."

The President of the United States has improved ties with Pakistan and works are on for meetings with Pakistan leaders and officials. "I stopped paying Pakistan the $ 1.3 billion that we used to pay 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. We were paying Pakistan $1.3 billion a year. I ended that payment, because they were not helping us in the way they should have," Mr Trump said.

The Pulwama terror attack was criticised by the United Nations Security Council,  "in the strongest terms the heinous and cowardly suicide bombing in Jammu and Kashmir," and named Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed, which had claimed responsibility for the attack.

Around 40 CRPF Jawans, were martyred in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama when a suicide bomber detonated a car-load of explosives next to a large convoy of 78 CRPF buses with over 2,500 personnel travelling on the highway from Jammu to Srinagar. 

(With inputs from PTI and AFP)