-Dev Ankur Wadhawan
The United States of America has expressed unequivocal support for India, terming the Uri attack as a “clear case of cross – border terrorism” and backing India’s right to defend itself. The United States also urged the need to exercise for restraint.
“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,” Peter Lavoy, the White House’s point person for South Asia stated.
It clearly has come as an expression of explicit support for India to defend its own interests, in the aftermath of the surgical strikes that were carried out in the Pakistan Occupied Kashmir ( PoK ) after the dastardly Uri attack in which India’s 19 soldiers were martyred.
Lavoy, interestingly, also mentioned that the US is making every effort to ensure that India becomes a member of the Nuclear Suppliers Group by the end of this eyar. He stated that India becoming a member of NSG would exhibit New Delhi’s new leadership in non-proliferation. The Indian Government has been trying hard at ensuring entry into the NSG club, something that China has been opposing time and again.
However, with America expressing its explicit support towards this particular cause, it seems the road ahead for India may become a tad easier.
Lavoy had, earlier, met two envoys of Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who had in their public meetings, stated that peace in Afghanistan was linked to Kashmir. However, in what may be interpreted as a snub to the Pakistani establishment, top White House official expressed that they are not of the belief that the situation in Afghanistan is linked with Kashmir. Pakistan’s repeated attempts at trying to internationalise the situation in Kashmir have been thwarted by some deft Indian diplomacy and better understanding amongst various nations of how Pakistan has been using terrorism as a State policy.