India has a right to defend itself against cross-border terrorism: US

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Uri terror attackDescribing the Uri terror attack as nothing but a clear cut case of cross-border terrorism, the US has said that India has a right to defend itself in case of terror attacks. 

In view of the recent surgical strikes across the LoC, the United States (US) supported India’s right to self-defence, but said that it should be careful that it shouldn’t lead to massive militarisation between the two countries.

It also rejected Pakistan’s attempt to connect peace in war-torn Afghanistan with solving K-dispute. While this was so, the US said that it would try to ensure that India became NSG member by this year-end.

White House’s point person for South Asia Peter Lavoy said India-US relations were the most energising for the US. In this regard, he credited the Obama administration with fortifying the ties between the two countries.

Stating that Uri terror attack was a case of cross-border terrorism, he said that the US flays the terrorist act. Every country has a right to self-defence. But in a situation that has seen three (Indo-Pak) wars, there is a need for restraint, he added, as per a media report.

India and Pakistan share a friction-filled relationship and they have yet to get over it, he said. The US advises caution even though it understands the Indian position to respond with force to cross-border terrorism. At the same time, the US also shares with India the concern for avoiding a future attack/s, said Lavoy.

Lavoy met the two special envoys of Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif on Kashmir last week. During the meeting, Pakistan stuck to it stand that there was no surgical strike from across the border on September 29.