Washington: US President Donald Trump described as a “horrible situation” the February Pulwama terrorist attack, which claimed lives of 40 CRPF personnel.
Trump said he was getting reports on the attack carried out by Jaish-e-Mohammed group and would soon issue a statement in the connection.
“I’ve seen it, I’ve watched, I’ve gotten a lot of reports on it. We’ll have a comment at the appropriate time. It would be wonderful if they (India and Pakistan) got along,” Trump said.
“It seems like that was a horrible situation. But we’re getting reports, we’ll have a statement to put out,” the President added when asked to review the terror attack.
Meanwhile, Deputy Spokesperson of US State Department Robert Palladino, while addressing the press at the White House on Tuesday, pledged strong commitment with India to combat terrorism in all forms and further called on Pakistan to act against the terror organisations operating in the country.
“We condemn in the strongest terms possible the terrorist attack that occurred last week on an Indian Central Reserve Police Force convoy in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. We’re committed to working with the Indian government to combat terrorism in all of its forms,” Palladino said.
“The perpetrator of that heinous act claimed allegiance to the United Nations-designated, Pakistan-based terrorist group Jaish-e-Mohammed, and we call on all countries to uphold their responsibilities pursuant to the United Nations Security Council resolutions to deny safe haven and support for terrorists,” he added.
When asked what the US would like to see Pakistan specifically do in the case of Jaish-e-Mohammed, the deputy spokesperson urged Pakistan to “fully cooperate with the investigations into the attack and to punish anyone responsible.”
Echoing condolences for the victim of the terror attack, the deputy spokesperson noted that the US shares “a close, cooperative relationship with India, a security relationship, and that includes counterterrorism operations.”
“And so we’re committed to working with India, the Indian government, and on these counterterrorism efforts, both bilaterally and multilaterally, including at the United Nations,” Palladino added.
40 CRPF personnel were killed on Thursday after a suicide bomber rammed a car laden with explosives into a CRPF convoy in Awantipora area of Pulwama in Kashmir.