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US urges India, Pakistan to show restraint; Mike Pompeo says Islamabad must take 'meaningful action against terrorist groups'

  • India on Tuesday said it launched strikes against militant camps in Pakistan

  • Pakistan confirmed the incursion but denied India's claim that the attack had inflicted major damage and casualties on militants

  • We encourage India and Pakistan to exercise restraint and avoid escalation at any cost, said Mike Pompeo

Washington: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday called on India and Pakistan to "exercise restraint" amid soaring tensions between the two nuclear-armed countries, while urging Islamabad to take action against militants.

 US urges India, Pakistan to show restraint; Mike Pompeo says Islamabad must take meaningful action against terrorist groups

File image of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. AP

"We encourage India and Pakistan to exercise restraint and avoid escalation at any cost," Pompeo said in a statement after speaking with his counterparts from both countries.

Pompeo said that in talks with Pakistani foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, he stressed "the priority of de-escalating current tensions by avoiding military action, and the urgency of Pakistan taking meaningful action against terrorist groups operating on its soil".

India on Tuesday said it launched strikes against militant camps in Pakistan — New Delhi's first use of air strikes on its neighbor's territory since the two countries went to war in 1971.

Pakistan, while confirming the incursion, denied India's claim that the attack had inflicted major damage and casualties on militants.

The Tuesday air raid came after India threatened retaliation over the 14 February suicide bombing, claimed by the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) group, that killed 40 Indian troops in Pulwama in the Kashmir region.

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Updated Date: Feb 27, 2019 09:46:01 IST