Pakistan should take 'meaningful action' against terror groups: US Secretary of State Pompeo

WION New Delhi, Delhi, India Feb 27, 2019, 09.28 AM(IST) Written By: Sidhant Sibal

File photo: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.  Photograph:( Reuters )

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With India, Mike Pompeo emphasised the "close security partnership and shared goal of maintaining peace and security in the region." 

In the aftermath of India's non-military preemptive strike on United Nations listed terror group Jaish e Mohammad on Pakistan soil, the United States has asked Islamabad ''to act on terrorist groups on its territory''. 

A statement US secretary of state Mike Pompeo talked about the "urgency of Pakistan taking meaningful action against terrorist groups operating on its soil" and underscored the "priority of de-escalating current tensions by avoiding military action"

Remember both the Indian external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj and Pakistani foreign minister spoke to US secretary of state in the aftermath of Indian strikes.

With India, Mike Pompeo emphasised the "close security partnership and shared goal of maintaining peace and security in the region." 

He asked both New Delhi and Islamabad to "exercise restraint and avoid escalation at any cost."

Call for Pakistan to act gets louder

France in a late night release backed the Indian move. A release by the French foreign ministry said, "France recognises India’s legitimacy to ensure its security against cross-border terrorism" and asked, "Pakistan to put an end to the operations of terrorist groups established on its territory."

Paris said it "stands by India in the fight against terrorism in all its forms".

It also said it is "fully engaged in mobilising the international community to sanction the terrorists responsible for this attack and freezing their financing networks."

Expressing concern, Australian foreign minister in a release said, "Pakistan must take urgent and meaningful action against terrorist groups in its territory, including Jaish-e-Mohammed"

Australia urged Islamabad "must do everything possible to implement its own proscription of Jaish-e-Mohammed" and can "no longer allow extremist groups the legal and physical space to operate from its territory."

The United Kingdom also said its "concerned by rising tensions". While asking both India and Pakistan to avoid taking action that poses risk to regional stability, London said its working closely with international partners, including in the "United Nations Security Council (UNSC), to ensure that those responsible for the Pulwama attack are held to account.”

WION has learnt that UK is working on the listing of Jaish-e-Mohammed leader Masood Azhar under UN Security Council Resolution 1267 and has had discussions with members of UNSC on this issue.

China's cautious stance 

Bejing has also reacted and asked both the countries to exercise restraint. Reacting to a question, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Lu Kang said, "A harmonious relationship between the two is crucial to regional peace, stability and development and serves the interests of India and Pakistan fundamentally."

On Indian strikes on Pakistan terror camps, Lu said, "terrorism is a global challenge that calls for cooperation between countries so as to create enabling conditions and a favourable atmosphere for necessary international cooperation."