Donald Trump calls India-Pakistan standoff ‘very dangerous’

US president’s remarks come in the backdrop of rising tension between the nuclear-armed neighbours over Kashmir attack.

US President Donald Trump has voiced alarm at the “very dangerous situation” between India and Pakistan following a deadly attack against Indian forces in Kashmir.

“It’s very dangerous situation between the two countries,” Trump told reporters on Friday in the White House.

“Right now there is a lot of problems between India and Pakistan because of what happened,” he said.

Tensions have soared between the nuclear-armed rivals since a suicide attack last week killed 42 soldiers in India-administered Kashmir, the deadliest attack in 30 years of armed rebellion in the Himalayan region.

India has been demanding action against armed fighters from Pakistan, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi under pressure from his Hindu nationalist base to show firmness weeks before he is set to call elections.

The attack was claimed by Jaish-e-Mohammed, an armed group based in Pakistan, although the suicide attacker came locally from India-administered Kashmir.

Pakistan’s military on Friday warned India against any “misadventure,” saying it was capable of responding.

India and Pakistan have fought three of their four wars over Kashmir since their partition following independence from Britain in 1947.

The Trump administration last year cut off $300m in military aid to Pakistan, saying that Islamabad has not done enough to fight armed rebels at home or close safe havens for fighters in neighbouring Afghanistan.

Trump, however, added the US has developed a “much better” relationship recently with Pakistan and added that the US may set up some meetings with Pakistan.

US envoys say Pakistan has an important role to play in Afghan peace talks, given its links to the Taliban.

SOURCE: AL JAZEERA

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