Pulwama Terrorist Attack is a “Horrible Situation”, says Donald Trump

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump has described the terrorist attack at Pulwama as a ‘horrible situation’ whose perpetrators need to be punished as soon as possible. He has asked the Pakistani establishment to take action as soon as possible for everyone responsible for this ‘heinous act’.

“I have watched. I have got a lot of reports on it. We will have a comment (on it) at an appropriate time. It would be wonderful if they (India and Pakistan) get along,” Trump said during an interaction with the press at the Oval office. About 40 personnel of the CRPF paramilitary force were killed when a car loaded with explosives (RDX) crashed into their convoy on the 14th of February. Pakistan based terrorist group Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) has claimed responsibility for the attack.

US State Department Deputy spokesperson Robert Palladino said that the US State Department has been in close contact with the Indian authorities not only to express condolences but also to give the Indian authorities support in combating terrorism of all kinds.

“The perpetrator of that heinous act claimed allegiance to the United Nations-designated, Pakistan-based terrorist group Jaish-e-Mohammed, and we call on all countries to uphold their responsibilities pursuant to the United Nations Security Council resolutions to deny safe haven and support for terrorists,” Palladino said. 

In response to a question, Palladino said that the US is committed to working with India, both bilaterally and multilaterally for counter-terrorism efforts, including efforts at the United Nations. The US has also been in touch with Pakistan in helping them root out terrorism emerging from their soil.

Various high ranking officials of the US Government, have, in separate statements, asked Pakistan to take action against the Jaish E Mohammed and end the free reign that they have. These officials, which include Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders, and others to take action against the safe havens that these terrorist organizations have in Pakistan which are a threat to the whole region.

Alyssa Ayres, a member of a think-tank has slammed Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan who sought proof from India for them to take action. She said that despite considerable proof, Pakistan has yet to act against terror groups like the Lashkar e Toiba and the Jamaat ud Dawa, both of which are accused of perpetrating the 2008 Mumbai terror attack.

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