On Monday, Pakistan protested against Indian Army Chief’s irresponsible remarks and the pattern of escalation on the Line of Control to the Washington, US. Pak state protested to the US to advise New Delhi to exercise restraint.
Foreign Secretary of Pakistan Tehmina Janjua, accompanied by US Assistant Secretary Alice Wells, raised tensions with India during the meeting. Wells is the first US official to travel to Islamabad because the US had suspended about $ 2 billion of security-related assistance to Pakistan due to the state’s effort for counter-terrorism.
Janjua carried out the attention of the American delegation on the Line of Control and the international border about the recent irresponsible statement by the Indian Army Chief and the pattern escalated by India. Janjua also condemned Indian mortar attacks on Pakistani positions, which resulted in the death of several Pakistani soldiers on Sunday.
Pakistan Foreign Office issued a statement after meeting, “She (Janjua) asked the US side to advice restraint to India and stop its escalation tactics.”
The statement to which Pakistan foreign Minister objected was issued by Indian Army chief Gen Bipin Rawat. He said that his force is ready to call Pakistan’s nuclear bluff and cross the border for operations if the government ordered to do so.
Gen Rawat told that “We will call the bluff of Pakistan. If we have to really confront the Pakistanis, and a task is given to us, we are not going to say we cannot cross the border because they have nuclear weapons. We will have to call their nuclear bluff.”
Gen Rawat also stated that to ramp up pressure on Pak state to stop a cross-border terror attack, “Yes, you cannot be status quo-ist. You have to continuously think and keep moving forward. You have to keep changing your doctrines and concept and the manner in which you operate in such areas.”
Wells accompanied by US National Security Council and ambassador David Hale visit Pakistan and her visit is called the part of regular engagement between two sides. Also, they discussed to take forward the relation between US and Pakistan.
According to Janjua the relationship needed to move forward in an environment of mutual trust and respect and informed the US side about Pakistan’s recent counter-terrorism actions that contributed to the visible improvement in the security situation.
Also, Wells, the foreign secretary showed tension at the continued use of Afghan soil by element hostile to Pakistan’s stability. She also stressed to strengthen border management between Afghanistan and Pakistan. While Janjua said, the early repatriation of Afghan refugees too is important for improving relations with Afghanistan.
Wells also showed the “US desire to work with Pakistan in furthering the shared objectives of stabilizing Afghanistan.” She added, “Pakistan’s support was critical to the success of the US strategy for Afghanistan.”
Wells stated “the need for strengthening intelligence cooperation between the two sides to improve coordination in counter-terrorism efforts”. In want of peace solution, both the sides agreed to take all initiatives.