Very dangerous situation between India & Pakistan: US Prez Trump
Washington: US President Donald Trump on Friday has said New Delhi is looking at something “very strong” in the wake of the Pulwama terror attack; even as he said there were several problems between India and Pakistan.
“Right now between Pakistan and India, there is a very, very bad situation. A very dangerous situation. We would like to see it (hostilities) stop. A lot of people were just killed. We want to see it just stop. We are very much involved in that (process),” Donald Trump told reporters in the Oval Office, according to news agency PTI.
The US President was answering questions on deadly terror attack at Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama. The attack killed over 40 CRPF personnel and has been claimed by Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed. The Pulwama Terror attack is the deadliest attack on security forces in the state.
“India is looking at something very strong. India just lost almost 50 people in the attack. I can understand that too,” Donald Trump said, adding that his administration was talking to authorities in both countries. “We’re talking. A lot of people are. It’s going to be a very, very delicate balance. There are a lot of problems between India and Pakistan because of what just happened,” he said.
“I stopped paying Pakistan the USD 1.3-billion that we used to pay them. In the meantime, we may set up some meetings with Pakistan. Pakistan was taking very strong advantage of the United States under other presidents. We were paying Pakistan USD 1.3 billion a year. I ended that payment because they were not helping us in the way they should have,” Trump said.
India and Pakistan’s already strained relationship has taken a toll after the Pulwama attack. Pakistan PM Imran Khan responded on February 19 by saying that “If India retaliates, we will not think and retaliate back.”