In yet another snub for Pakistan post uri surgical strike by India, Russia has said it expected Islamabad to take “effective” steps to stop the activities of terrorist groups in its territory as it voiced concern over “aggravation” of the situation along the Line of Control between India and Pakistan. It also asked the two neighbours not to allow any escalation of tension and settle their disputes through negotiations.
In a statement, Russia said it stands for “decisive struggle” against terrorism in all its manifestations.
“We are concerned with the aggravation lately of the situation along the line of control between India and Pakistan. We are calling on the parties not to allow any escalation of tension and to settle the existing problems by political and diplomatic means through negotiations,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
“We stand for decisive struggle against terrorism in all its manifestations. We expect that the Government of Pakistan should take effective steps in order to stop the activities of terrorist groups in the territory of the country,” the statement reads.
The statement came amid heightened tension between India and Pakistan after the Indian Army carried out surgical strikes on seven terror launch pads across the LoC on the intervening night of September 28 and 29, seen as a reprisal for the Uri attack.
The tensions between the two sub- continental neighbours India and Pakistan had heightened ever since Pakistan backed terrorists attacked army camp at Uri killing 19 Indian soldiers. Later on the Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif during his address to the United Nations further escalated the tension by raising the killing of Hizbul commander Burhan Wani and hailing him as a young leader. India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj strongly rebuffed Pakistan’s Kashmir stance and highlighted Pakistan’s open support to terror outfits and giving them safe heaven and allowing them to spew venom against India .