UK NSA Mark Sedwill spoke to NSA Ajit Doval at the former's request today. Mr. Sedwill expressed solidarity with India in the aftermath of the Pulwama terrorist attack.
As per sources, after speaking to the United States on Tuesday, National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval now spoke to his United Kingdom counterpart Mark Sedwill.
Reportedly NSA Sedwill expressed solidarity with India in the aftermath of the Pulwama terror attack, for which Jaish-e-Mohammed claimed responsibility.
According to sources, he said that all assistance in dealing with any form of terrorism will be extended to India bilaterally through counter-terrorism cooperation, intelligence sharing and by bringing the perpetrators of terrorist attacks to justice.
On Tuesday, the NSA of United States John Bolton told that the country is working to ensure that Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) chief Masood Azhar is listed as a prescribed global terrorist in the United Nations, who currently is under alleged medical care in an Army hospital in Pakistan's Rawalpindi.
Furthermore, the USA reiterated its backing to India over the need to clamp down on terror camps in Pakistan. Speaking to Ajit Doval, John Bolton said that India was entitled to the right to self-defence.
The development comes at a time when Pakistan is scrambling to make it appear as though it is taking action on terrorists, in the wake of being taught a lesson by India in the aftermath of the February 14 Pulwama terror attack in which 40 jawans were martyred in a suicide bombing perpetrated by Pakistan-based JeM terror group. Twelve days after the Pulwama attack, the IAF had carried out precision air strikes along the LoC, with the one on Balakot decimating a JeM-LeT-HM terror factory led by terrorist Masood Azhar's brother-in-law Maulana Yousuf Azhar (alias Ustad Ghouri).
Meanwhile, Masood Azhar's brother Mufti Abdur Rauf was taken into 'preventative detention for investigation' along with the 44 members of banned terrorist outfits earlier on Tuesday.
The terrorists were detained (but not arrested) by Pakistani authorities in the wake of the persistent pressure mounted on Islamabad by India and the global community over terror outfits being harbouring on Pak soil. The development came days after the Indian government handed over a dossier to Pakistan on "specific details" of the involvement of the Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) in the Pulwama terror attack.