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Pak backed militants to continue attacks inside India: US

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

today warned that Pakistan-supported terrorist groups would continue to carry out attacks inside India, thus risking escalation of tension between the two neighbours.

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.

Pakistan, in fact, will continue to threaten US interests by deploying new nuclear weapons capabilities, maintaining its ties to militants, restricting counter- 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 Pakistans 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 Islamabads pursuit of actions that run counter to US goals for the region.

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 on the Line of Control and the risk of escalation if there is another high-profile terrorist attack in or an uptick in on the Line of Control," Coats said.

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First Published: Tue, February 13 2018. 21:10 IST