The United States government has assured full support to India in its fight against terrorism and pulled up Pakistan for not taking strict action against terror groups which are based in their country.
Acknowledging the recent developments, which has seen India bombing a series of terror hubs in its neighboring country, U.S. has advised the Pakistani govt to not retaliate and avoid military action as a response.
A statement was released in this regard by the office of the Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo. Apart from showing confidence with India following what happened on Tuesday, the U.S. govt urged 'restrain' from both the sides so that the matter doesn't escalate.
Following Indian counter-terrorism actions on February 26, I spoke with Indian Minister of External Affairs Swaraj to emphasize our close security partnership and shared goal of maintaining peace and security in the region. I also spoke to Pakistani Foreign Minister Qureshi to underscore the priority of de-escalating current tensions by avoiding military action, and the urgency of Pakistan taking meaningful action against terrorist groups operating on its soil. I expressed to both Ministers that we encourage India and Pakistan to exercise restraint, and avoid escalation at any cost. I also encouraged both Ministers to prioritize direct communication and avoid further military activity.
This letter comes just a day after the Indian armed forces took revenge for the Pulwama terror attack by destroying and demolishing three terror bases of Jaish-e-Mohammed - which was behind the February 14 attack.
Conducting an operation at the pre-dawn on February 26, the Indian Air Force used 16 Mirage 2000, loaded with laser-guided bombs, and went inside the enemy's territory and struck the heart of terrorism. Three bases, including the one in Balakot, were ripped into pieces within 17 minutes.