Trump Backs Outrage Over Pulwama Attack, Says India Looking at Something ‘Very Strong’


Washington: US President Donald Trump said that New Delhi is considering something “very strong” after the Pulwama terrorist attack, even when he said there were several problems between India and Pakistan.

Forty CRPF employees were killed and five wounded on 14 February in one of the deadliest terrorist attacks in Jammu and Kashmir when a suicide bomber of the Pakistani terrorist group Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) crashed into a vehicle carrying a large amount of explosives his bus in the district of Pulwama. India launched a major diplomatic offensive against Islamabad after the attack and highlighted Pakistan’s role in the use of terrorism as an instrument of state policy. The international community led by the United States pressured Pakistan to deny refuge to terrorist groups operating from its territory and to bring those responsible for Pulwama’s attack to justice.

Trump, after meeting with a Chinese trade delegation headed by Deputy Prime Minister Liu He, told reporters at the Oval Office of the White House on Friday that “in Kashmir it is very dangerous.”

The president referred to the possibility of a strong response from India after the terrorist attack. “India is seeing something very strong, and I mean, India has just lost almost 50 people with an attack, so I could also understand that,” he said when asked about India’s right to defend itself.

Responding to questions about the tense situation between the two South Asian neighbors, Trump said the United States is talking to the countries.

“We are talking and a lot of people are talking, but there is a very, very delicate balance at the moment, there are many problems between India and Pakistan due to what has just happened,” the president of the United States said. “We are very involved in that, if that’s what you mean,” he said.

Trump described the current situation between India and Pakistan as very dangerous. “It’s a terrible thing that is happening now between Pakistan and India … it’s a very, very bad situation and it’s a very dangerous situation between the two countries, we’d like it to stop, a lot of people have just been murdered.” And we want it to stop, “he said.

Trump said his government has developed a much better relationship with Pakistan, even after it stopped providing financial aid to Islamabad for 1.3 billion dollars. “I stopped Pakistan, the 1.3 billion dollars that we were paying them, meanwhile, we can organize some meetings with Pakistan.

“Pakistan was taking advantage of the United States under other presidents and we were paying 1.3 billion dollars a year, I ended that payment to Pakistan because they were not helping us the way they should have done it, and honestly, us.” “We have developed a much better relationship with Pakistan in the last period of time,” said Trump.

After the Pulwama attack, US National Security Adviser John Bolton told his Indian counterpart, Ajit Doval, last week that the United States supports India’s right to self-defense, as both sides They promised to work together to ensure that Pakistan ceases to be a safe haven for JeM and other terrorist groups.

India has asked Pakistan to take immediate and verifiable action against terrorists and terrorist groups operating from territories under its control. New Delhi also announced the withdrawal of most-favored-nation status for Pakistan and increased the customs tariff by 200 percent on merchandise originating in Pakistan.