Washington: In a stern message to Pakistan, the White House has asked Islamabad to “immediately end” its “support” to all terror groups and not to provide “safe haven” to them, as the US condemned the brutal Pulwama terror attack claimed the lives of at least 40 CRPF soldiers. Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) has claimed responsibility for the terror attack in Pulwama on Thursday that left as many as 45 CRPF soldiers dead and five others critically wounded.
“The United States calls on Pakistan to end immediately the support and safe haven provided to all terrorist groups operating on its soil, whose only goal is to sow chaos, violence, and terror in the region,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in a late night statement on Thursday. “This attack only strengthens our resolve to bolster counterterrorism cooperation and coordination between the United States and India,” she said in a strongly-worded statement issued by the White House.
Sanders said the US condemns in the strongest terms the heinous terrorist attack in Pulwama by a Pakistan-based terrorist group. “We express our deep condolences to the victims’ families, the Indian government, and the Indian people for the loss of life in this brutal attack,” said the Press Secretary of President Trump. Earlier, the US State Department said in a statement it was “resolutely committed” to working with the Indian government to combat terrorism in all its forms. “The US condemns in the strongest terms the terrorist attack today on an Indian Central Reserve Police Force convoy in Jammu and Kashmir,” State Department Deputy Spokesperson Robert Palladino said.
“The UN designated, Pakistan-based terrorist group Jaish-e-Mohammad has claimed responsibility for this heinous act. We call on all countries to uphold their responsibilities pursuant to UN Security Council resolutions to deny safe haven and support for terrorists,” Palladino said. Several US lawmakers also expressed solidarity with India in the wake of a dastardly terror attack and said the two countries stand united in condemning and defeating terror.
Cutting across party lines, over 50 Congressmen and Senators took to social media to express their solidarity with the people of India and called for strict action against the JeM terror outfit and its state sponsors. “I strongly condemn the terror attack in Kashmir. The US stands with our friends in India, and I send heartfelt condolences to the families that lost loved ones,” top Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer tweeted. Democratic Senator Robert Menendez said he was outraged by the terror attack, “one of the deadliest in the region since 1989”.