Prime Minister Narendra Modi likely to go ahead with the scheduled review of the unilateral most-favoured-nation (MFN) treatment (postponed till next week) given to Pakistan by India to help improve bilateral trade between the two countries. It is learnt that the country may continue to move ahead with its escalatory measures against Pakistan, in spite of US counselling restraint.
The country does not seem to be in a mood to listen to the US and other ‘friends’. On Wednesday, the Home Ministry is said to have asked the security forces to prepare for a long haul in the Kashmir Valley and has asked them to store up snow-suits, sleeping bags and boots for winter contingency.
On Thursday (this) morning, US National Security Advisor Susan Rice is believed to have called up NSA Ajit Doval to offer her condolences to the victims and their families of the Uri terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir, in which 18 soldiers died. During the conversation, “highlighting the danger that cross-border terrorism poses to the region, Ambassador Rice reiterated our expectation that Pakistan take effective action to combat and delegitimize United Nations-designated terrorist individuals and entities, including Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Muhammad, and their affiliates,” said Ned Price, Spokesperson of National Security Council, in a statement.
Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif had described Hizbul commander Burhan Wani as a “young leader murdered by the Indian security forces” in Jammu and Kashmir in his address to the UN General Assembly last week. India had taken strong exception to the statement, pointing out that it legitimised terrorism.
Meanwhile, the co-chairs of the Senate India Caucus, Republican John Cornyn, and Democrat Mark Warner promised to work within Congress to “pressure Pakistan to end any association with terrorist groups targeting India, put a stop to their cross-border incursions and take active and immediate steps to reign in homegrown terrorists.”
In a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Senators said they were “greatly concerned about the initial indications that the perpetrators of this attack (in Uri) were Pakistani and that the attack emanated from Pakistan.”
“If true, this attack would be just the latest in a series of deadly attacks in India conducted by Pakistan-based terrorist groups. We call on Pakistan to cooperate fully and transparently in this investigations and prosecute any individuals within its territory that participated in this horrendous attack,” the Senators wrote to Mr. Modi. The Senators said Pakistan’s “possible involvement” in this attack underscored their broader concern about Pakistan’s “use of terrorism as a pillar of its foreign policies toward Afghanistan and India.”f terrorism throughout the world,” Price added.