The US has supported India's right to "self-defense" against cross-border terrorism after an attack by Pakistani fighters killed at least 44 police officers in the disputed Kashmir area.
In comments that fall to the Indian But also the fear that tensions between India and Pakistan could be exacerbated, said the US security adviser John Bolton allegedly his counterpart in Delhi, America had "offered all the help of India", to bring the perpetrators of the attack to justice.
Mr. Bolton and Ajit Doval "have also decided to hold Pakistan accountable for its obligations under UN resolutions," the Indian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
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The story came after 44 Indian paramilitary police were killed this week in a car bomb attack on a convoy in Pulwama, near Srinigar. Responsibility for the attack was claimed by Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM), a Pakistan-based group founded by Masood Azhar.
India claimed Friday that it has "irrefutable evidence" that Pakistan has a "direct hand". Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said that India will take "all sorts of diplomatic action" to "ensure complete isolation from the international community of Pakistan, with unmistakable evidence that they can have a direct hand in this cruel terrorist attack."
He said that India would make Pakistan its "master state of the nation". A move that reportedly increased tariffs on Pakistani goods by 200 percent.
Pakistan has denied that it had played a role on Thursday, and India was accused of proving blame without conducting a proper investigation. Pakistan Foreign Minister Tehmina Janjua said in a statement after a meeting with foreign ambassadors: "A well-known Indian pattern of direct and reflexive blaming of Pakistan without investigation."
Pakistan has long been accused of hosting militant national military groups historically as part of its defense against India. Over the years, its intelligence services have provided militants with arms and logistical support for cross-border attacks in Kashmir, a long-disputed region that claims and controls some of the land.
In recent years Pakistan It has stated that it has ceased its support for such fighters, although it has failed to bring to justice numbers such as Hafiz Saeed, the founder of the militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba was blamed for the Mumbai attacks of 2008 dead.
The question of how to control such militants is a major challenge for Prime Minister Imran Khan, who was elected last year. Many believe that the leader of the Pakistani Tehreek e-Insaf party won the election, at least with the tacit approval of the country's powerful military, making it harder for him to take action against militants who are connected to the armed forces or intelligence services [ThetensionsbetweenIndiaandPakistantwonucleararmednationsthathadgonefourtimesfourtimessincetheindependenceofthetwonationsfromBritainin1947haveworsenedinthedayssincetheattackalthoughIslamabadhadnothingagainstit
India's population is predominantly Hindu, while Pakistan is predominantly Muslim.
The situation will be made more difficult by the fact that India will hold parliamentary elections. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi pressured He sees himself responding to the attack, the deadliest of its kind in years.
Over the weekend, the bodies of members of the reserve police killed in the bombings were returned to villages and towns across the country for funeral rites.
"I want to tell the terrorist organizations and their supporters who made a big mistake," Modi said Friday. "They have to pay very high costs. I assure the nation that the forces behind the attack are the culprits behind this attack – they are definitely being punished for their actions. "
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