US backs India, slams Pakistan for linking Afghan peace to Kashmir

In view of the recent surgical strike, The White House backed India’s right to defend itself as with any other country, but advised caution given the heavy militarisation between the two neighbours.

The White House’s point person for South Asia, Peter Lavoy, Making a rare appearance before a Washington audience, India-US ties are the “most dynamic relationship” for the United States as he listed the Obama administration’s achievements in strengthening the relationship between the 2 largest democracies of the world.

It also said that that the US is making every effort to ensure that India become a member of the (NSG) Nuclear Suppliers Group by the end of this year.

He said responding to a question on the Uri attack. Every country has a right to self defence. We condemned this act of terrorism. It (Uri) was a clear case of cross-border terrorism. It was a horrific attack. But in a heavily militarised relationship that has also experienced 3 wars, there is indeed a need for caution and restraint,”

Lavoy said, We empathise with the Indian position that it needs to respond militarily to cross-border threat of terrorism. We share with India, the concern for preventing any future attack.

He said, Pakistan and India have a “friction-filled relationship” and they have not found a way to overcome.

The 2 Pakistani envoys in their public meetings had linked peace in Afghanistan to resolving the Kashmir issue. Last week, Lavoy met the 2 special envoys of Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Kashmir.

He said and referred to the commitment made by the United States of America in this regard, “In 2016 India ought to join the NSG.” The United States is making every effort to ensure that India becomes a member of the Nuclear Suppliers Group by the end of this year, Lavoy said.

Lavoy said to a question, “Every effort is being made to ensure India ought to join NSG this year.” India becoming a member of NSG, he argued would exhibit New Delhi’s new leadership in non-proliferation.

The top White House official said, “We certainly do not believe that the situation in Afghanistan is linked with Kashmir.”