United States President Donald Trump has described the situation between India and Pakistan in the aftermath of the terror attack in Pulwama as “very dangerous”, and said that he can understand India’s desire for a “very strong” response.
On Tuesday, Trump had called the terrorist attack carried out by the Jaish-e-Mohammad as a “horrible situation”, and said that he was getting reports on it, and would issue a statement.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and National Security Advisor John Bolton have already issued statements naming Pakistan, as has the State Department.
On Thursday, the UN Security Council issued a statement that “condemned in the strongest terms” the Pulwama attack, and named Jaish for the “heinous and cowardly suicide bombing”. Signalling a shift from its earlier position, China signed off on the UNSC statement.
While the Indian government did not issue an official reaction to Trump’s statement, sources in New Delhi said on Saturday that the President wanted to put pressure on Pakistan to deliver on the Jaish-e-Mohammad.
Sources said the US had informed India in advance about the impending action by the Pakistan government against the Jaish and JuD in the last few days. “These actions were taken by Islamabad after the US pushed them to take action,” a source said