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'US focused on pressing Pak to take sustained, irreversible actions against terrorists'

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

The is now focused on pressing to take "sustained and irreversible" actions against terrorist groups operating from its soil, a senior American has said.

Recently, tensions between and escalated after a suicide bomber of Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed killed 40 CRPF personnel in Jammu and Kashmir's district in February 14.

A senior State Department said Friday that the US stood "publicly and resolutely" with in its response to the attack.

"Now we are focused on pressing to take sustained, irreversible action on terrorist groups operating on its soil, and we are working with others in the international community to achieve this goal," the said.

"The stood publicly and resolutely with in its response to the attack, as you saw in our statements, while joining the international community in encouraging both sides to avoid military escalation, de-escalate tensions and communicate directly," he said.

In the aftermath of the attack, the has not only supported India's right to self-defence, but also has been building sustained pressure on Pakistan to take action against terrorist groups.

Earlier in the day, told that Pakistan has to stop harbouring terrorists.

"We saw what happened with India, the conflict that arose there as a result of terrorists that departed from Pakistan. We need Pakistanis to step up. They need to stop harbouring terrorists," he said.

Pompeo had played a key role in de-escalation of tensions between India and Pakistan after Indian jets carried out air strikes at terrorist training camps of JeM in Balakot.

Senior officials who are part of the de-escalation efforts in believe that this is only possible as long as there is no terrorist attack inside India coming from Pakistan.

The recent talks between India and Pakistan on Kartarpur corridor is considered as a positive development in the US.

The US officials believe that both and have shown seriousness in de-escalating the tensions. At the same time, they believe that the onus for this largely lies on Pakistan.

If Pakistan continues with its age-old policy of supporting terrorist groups, the may look into other options which could range from selective visa ban, revoking its non-NATO ally status and even cutting civilian aid to Pakistan.

Since January 2018, US has stopped all security assistance to Pakistan.

It is understood that the focus for the is not on any punitive action against Pakistan, but to convince its leadership including and that it is in their interest to take sustained and irreversible actions against terrorist groups, the said.

The focus right now is to convince Pakistan that it is not in its interest to be isolated from the international community and it is in its interest to maintaining stable relationship with India, he said.

Post Balakot, Pakistan has been told time and again that the reason that the situation is fragile in because of cross border terrorism, he said.

In the wake of the terror attack, India launched a major diplomatic offensive against Pakistan, holding briefing for envoys of 25 countries, including those from the five permanent members -- the US, China, Russia, the UK and -- to highlight Islamabad's role in using terrorism as an instrument of state policy.

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First Published: Sat, March 16 2019. 10:10 IST