Trump calls Pulwama attack ‘horrible,’ US urges Pakistan to ‘punish anyone responsible

US President Donald Trump has condemned that the deadly terror attack by Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed in Pulwama and described the incident as “horrible”. As his administration offered full support to India to combat terrorism, he has asked Islamabad to punish anyone responsible for the “heinous act”.

Trump said that it would be “wonderful” if the two South Asia neighbours get along. “I have watched. I have got a lot of reports on it. We will have a comment (on it) at an appropriate time. It would be wonderful if they (India and Pakistan) get along,” Trump said in response to a question.

Meanwhile, the State Department said the US has been in close communication with the with the Indian government “to express not only our condolences but our strong support”.

“We’re committed to working with the Indian government to combat terrorism in all of its forms,” State Department Deputy Spokesperson Robert Palladino told reporters at a news conference. “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.

Further, he said that the US has a close, cooperative relationship with India, a security relationship, and that includes counterterrorism operations. “So we are committed to working with India, the Indian government, and on these counterterrorism efforts, both bilaterally and multilaterally, including at the United Nations,” Palladino said.

Following the terrorist attack, Trump’s National Security Advisor John Bolton has supported India’s right to self-defense. He asked Pakistan to immediately take action against the JeM and its leaders and end support to terrorist safe havens.

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