The United States warned Pakistan against another terror against India, saying that it could be ‘extremely problematic’.
The White House asked Pakistan to take clamp down the activities of JeM and LeT within its territory and take “verifiable, sustained and irreversible” action against the proscribed terror outfits in order to ensure further de-escalation of tensions in the region.
“We need to see Pakistan taking concrete and sustained action to reign in the terrorist groups, mainly the Jaish-e-Mohammed and the Lashkar-e-Taiba in order to ensure that we don’t have re-escalation (of tension) in the region,” a senior administration official told reporters at the White House on Wednesday.
Over the last few months, the tension between India and Pakistan escalated after a terror attack on the security forces killed 40 CRPF soldiers in Pulwama on February 14. Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) claimed responsibility for the attack.
Following the attack, India launched a counter-terror operation in Balakot.
On the steps being taken by Pakistan in the aftermath of the Balakot air strike, the officer said that the US and the international community needed to see “irreversible and sustained” action against the terror groups.
“But we clearly need to see more. We need to see irreversible action because in the past, what we’ve seen is they made some arrests and then a few months later, they released these individuals. The terrorist leaders are sometimes still allowed to travel around the country, hold rallies,” he was quoted by PTI as saying.
“It’s early to make a full assessment,” he added.