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Pak backed militants to continue attacks in India: US Intel chief

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

Pakistan-supported terrorist groups would continue to carry out attacks inside India, America's has warned, amid a spike in terror attacks in

of Dan Coats' remarks came days after a group of Pakistan-based terrorists struck the in Jammu on Saturday, killing seven people including six soldiers.

On February 12, a gunfight broke out between security forces and militants, who took shelter in a building in Karan Nagar area of after their attempt to strike a CRPF camp was foiled.

Pakistan, in fact, will continue to threaten US interests by deploying new nuclear weapons capabilities, maintaining its ties to militants, restricting counter- terrorism cooperation, and drawing closer to China, Coats said in his testimony before the on Intelligence.

"Militant groups supported by will continue to take advantage of their safe haven in to plan and conduct attacks in and Afghanistan, including against US interests," Coats said during the hearing on 'Worldwide Threat Assessment' of the community.

He said Pakistan's perception of its eroding position relative to India, reinforced by endemic economic weakness and domestic security issues, almost certainly will exacerbate long-held fears of isolation and drive Islamabad's pursuit of actions that run counter to US goals for the region.

"Ongoing Pakistani military operations against the and associated groups probably reflect the desire to appear more proactive and responsive to our requests for more actions against these groups."

However actions taken thus far "do not reflect a significant escalation of pressure against these groups and are unlikely to have a lasting effect."

Without specifically referring to any terrorist incident by Pakistan-based groups, Coats told the lawmakers that he expects tension between the two Asian neighbours.

"Relations between and are likely to remain tense, with continued violence on the Line of Control and the risk of escalation if there is another high-profile terrorist attack in or an uptick in violence on the Line of Control," Coats said.

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First Published: Wed, February 14 2018. 16:15 IST