US asks Pakistan to take action on terrorist groups on its soil

Amid growing tensions between India and Pakistan over the terror attacks, the USA has requested Pakistan to initiate some action against terrorist groups operating on its soil.

The US has also emphasized the necessity of avoiding escalation at any cost after India targeted terrorist camp in Pakistan.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had a discussion with the foreign ministers of India and Pakistan and requested the ministers of both the countries to avoid “further military activity” following an air strike by India inside Pakistan.

Pompeo in a phone call with the Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi also called for avoiding military action. In a separate call with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Pompeo emphasized the close security partnership between the US and India and shared the goal of maintaining peace and security in the region.

Pompeo in a statement issued in Washington on Tuesday said, “I spoke to Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood 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.” He further said that he has expressed to both ministers that the US encourages 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,” he said reported Reuters.

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