US National Security Advisor John Robert Bolton spoke on the phone on Friday to Indian National Security Adviser Ajit Doval. He has said that America stands with India against terror and India has complete right to self defense. He discussed the terror attack on the CRPF in Pulwama with Doval.
The two NSAs vowed to work together to ensure that Pakistan cease to be a safe haven for terrorist groups that target India, the U.S. and others in the region.
The whole international community is with India. Many countries, apart from U.S., including France, Germany have expressed their sentiments when the soldiers were martyred. Every country has said that the right to fight against terror is all with India.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi made it clear that security forces have been given “full freedom” in the wake of Pulwama terror attack.
In this attack, the biggest tragedy in J and K in decades, 40 army personnel died and five were injured. A suicide bomber rammed a vehicle with 100 kg of explosives into their bus in Pulwama district. Pakistan-based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed took responsibility for the attack. India will pressurize the United Nations even more to ban Jaish-e-Mohammad’s donor and the most wanted terrorist Masood Azhar.
Bolton expressed grief for the martyred soldiers and assured of standing with India in the fight against terrorism and punishing the culprits.
He told the media, “I told Ajit Doval that we support the right to self-defense of India … I talked to him twice this morning, and expressed condolences on the terrorist attack.” He said that the US has made it clear to Pakistan that stop the terror from terror. We are very clear on this side. Earlier, President Donald Trump had asked all terrorist groups from Pakistan to immediately stop helping and safeguarding all terror groups.
Trump’s Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement: “The US has asked Pakistan to stop helping terrorist groups on their land immediately because they are the target of sowing the seeds of violence and terror in the region.”
In various statements and on social media, US president Donald Trump’s administration has asked Pakistan to deny safe haven and end support to terrorist organizations. US Secretary of State Mike Pompey on Twitter said, “America is standing with India to face terrorism. Pakistan should not provide safe haven for terrorists to international security.”
The general Indian public have poured onto social media to vent their fury over the suicide bombing in Pulwama, and called for swift retribution against Pakistan. Several Indian intellectuals have voiced their concern on the Pulwama attack. Noted educationist K Siddharth, in his Facebook post, has shared his views. POST PULWAMA- ONE PERSPECTIVE . Read More.
The United States (US) Friday asked Pakistan to “freeze without delay” the funds and other financial assets of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC)-designated terrorist networks and their leaders. It also said it fully supports “actions to prevent” the outlawed Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) “from conducting future attacks”.
India look to isolate Pakistan on the internationally. India will seriously try to isolate Pakistan in Financial Action Task Force (FATF) in its plenary meeting scheduled to take place in Feb 2019. The FATF has already put Pakistan on a grey list and has warned that it will be blacklisted if it does not stop funding terror activities.
The European Union Commission may also blacklist Pakistan. India and the EU are discussing the matter. The European Commission generally blacklists nations who are on FATF’s grey list. The commission has already proposed to put Pakistan’s name on the blacklist.
Blacklisting by the FATF will cause huge economic problems for Pakistan which is struggling to attract foreign investment and avert a payments crisis, with its quickly diminishing foreign currency reserves at less than $8 billion, equivalent to two months of import payments.