Bengaluru: “We are working closely with the government of India in terms of getting to the bottom of the terrorist attacks,” said US Ambassador to India Kenneth I Juster yesterday. In the aftermath of the Pulwama attack in which 40 Indian jawans were martyred.
The United States came in support of India and called on Pakistan immediately end its support to all terrorist groups operating in the country.
Juster said US has condemned Pakistan just like they had condemned terrorist sanctuaries that exist in the nation previously. Military assistance have also been suspended to Pakistan, he said.
“I don’t want to get ahead of the situation that is developing, we have condemned the existence of terrorist sanctuaries and we are urging Pakistan to crackdown on those and we will have to see what the factual… in terms of exactly how this incident occurred,” said Juster.
A Jaish suicide bomber rammed a vehicle loaded with over 100 kg of explosives into a bus carrying Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel in Pulwama district on 14 February. 40 CRPF personnel were killed and five injured in the incident. Since the Uri attack in 2016, the Pulwama incident has been termed as one of the worst terror attacks in the recent past. The suicide bomber was identified as Adil Ahmed, who had joined the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) in 2018. The terror group has claimed responsibility for the suicide attack.
In the aftermath of the attack many officials from the Trump government condemned the act. National Security Advisor to Trump, John Bolton supported India’s right to self-defence. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders asked Pakistan to immediately take action against the JeM and its leaders.
Reacting to the 14 February terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir, US President Donald Trump described it as horrible.