US keeps up pressure on Pakistan, NSA Bolton seeks ‘meaningful steps’ on terror

US keeps up pressure on Pakistan, NSA Bolton seeks ‘meaningful steps’ on terror

US keeps up pressure on Pakistan, NSA Bolton seeks ‘meaningful steps’ on terror

By / USA News / Wednesday, 13 March 2019 07:53

The United States continued to mount pressure on Pakistan Monday calling upon it on to take “meaningful steps” against terrorism, doubling down on a call earlier from Secretary of State Michael R Pompeo and the visiting Indian foreign secretary Vijay Gokhale for “concerted action”.

Bolton’s tweet followed Pompeo’s meeting with Gokhale, at which they called upon Pakistan to take “concerted action to dismantle the terrorist infrastructure and to deny safe haven to all terrorist groups” operating from its soil.

At a news briefing later, Pompeo acknowledged gingerly to bringing up Indian purchase of crude oil from Venezuela, a top priority currently for the Trump administration’s national security team  the president appears not as engaged on Venezuela as his advisers, despite scripted pronouncements that lack his signature commitment.

“Spoke with Pakistani FM Qureshi to encourage meaningful steps against JeM and other terrorist groups operating from Pakistan,” US national security adviser John Bolton wrote on Twitter about his call with Pakistan’s foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, referring to Jaish-e-Mohammad, the Pakistan-based terrorist outfit that claimed responsibility for the suicide attack in Pulwama in Kashmir on February 14 that killed 40 CRPF personnel.

This conversation found no mention in readouts of the meeting issued separately by the two sides, and not coordinated as they are most times. “Only because, it was not an issue the secretary mentioned it briefly and the Indian side responded that Indian state refineries had stopped buying from Venezuela and the private refineries, it seemed apparent, would not risk being alienated from the US financial system,” said a person close to the negotiations.

Bolton’s tweet was seen as a significant boost for India’s case against terrorism emanating from across the border in Pakistan just two days ahead of a UN security council decision on a proposal moved by France, US and UK to designate Masood Azhar, founder of Jaish-e-Mohammad.

India and the United States remain leery of the current Pakistani crackdown on terrorist individuals, groups and their assets in the aftermath of the Pulwama attack. Most of those arrested in the previous crackdowns were kept in luxurious accommodations, often at home under “house arrest”, and returned to their routine activities when the world’s attention shifted away.

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