Pak Assured It Will Deal "Firmly" With Terrorists, Tweets Trump Advisor

John Bolton tweeted that he had spoken with Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and "the FM assured me that Pakistan would deal firmly with all terrorists and will continue steps to deescalate tensions with India."

Pak Assured It Will Deal 'Firmly' With Terrorists, Tweets Trump Advisor

The US had asked Pakistan to take "sustained and irreversible" actions against terror groups.

Highlights

  • US security advisor tweeted that he spoke with Pak foreign minister
  • Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale, US State Secretary discussed terrorism
  • Tension between India, Pak escalated after Pulwama terror attack
Washington:

Pakistan promises to crack down on terrorist carrying out attacks in India, President Donald Trump's national security advisor John Bolton said Monday.

Bolton tweeted that he had spoken with Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and "the FM assured me that Pakistan would deal firmly with all terrorists and will continue steps to deescalate tensions with India."

India has long accused Pakistan of covertly backing attacks by terrorists in Kashmir.

In February, JeM, or the Jaish-e-Mohammed group, claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing that killed 40 Indian paramilitary members, triggering air strikes and a surge in political tension between the nuclear-armed neighbors.

Bolton said that during his talks with Qureshi he'd set out "to encourage meaningful steps against JeM and other terrorist groups operating from Pakistan."

The latest Pakistani reassurances came as US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met in Washington with the Indian foreign secretary, Vijay Gokhale, and urged Pakistan to take "meaningful action against terrorist groups operating on its soil," Pompeo's spokesman said.

Pompeo's spokesman said that during the secretary of state's talks with Gokhale they "discussed the importance of bringing those responsible for the (February) attack to justice."

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