The United States has backed India, describing the Uri attack a “clear case of cross-border terrorism” and extending its support to India’s “right to self-defence”.
The White House further dismissed the recent attempt by Pakistan to link peace in war-torn Afghanistan with the resolution of the Kashmir issue, Zeenews reported.
Backing India’s right to defend itself as with any other country in view of the recent surgical strike, US advised caution given the heavy militarisation between the two neighbours.
White House also said that that the US is making every effort to ensure that India becomes a member of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) by the end of this year.
Peter Lavoy, the White House’s point person for South Asia, said that India-US ties are the “most dynamic relationship” for the US as he listed the Obama administration’s achievements in strengthening the relationship between the two largest democracies of the world.
“It (Uri) was a clear case of cross-border terrorism. We condemned this act of terrorism. It was a horrific attack. Every country has a right to self-defence. But in a heavily militarised relationship that has also experienced three wars, there is indeed a need for caution and restraint,” he said, responding to a question on the Uri attack.
“We share with India, the concern for preventing any future attack. We empathise with the Indian position that it needs to respond militarily to the cross-border threat of terrorism. But we also advise caution,” Lavoy said.
India and Pakistan have a “friction-filled relationship” and they have not found a way to overcome that, he added.
In retaliation to the Uri attack, India had carried out a surgical strikes across the Line-of-Control (LoC) on September 29 killing around 40 terrorists and destructing many terror launch pads.
Meanwhile, Pakistan on Wednesday once again said that there was no surgical strike across the LoC on September 29 as India says, with its High Commissioner Abdul Basit saying there was only cross-border firing.