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US, India agree to designate JeM chief Masood Azhar as 'global terrorist'

News Agencies | Updated on: 16 February 2019, 10:49 IST

United States National Security Advisor John Bolton called his Indian counterpart Ajit Doval to express condolences and outrage over the Pulwama terror attack orchestrated by Pakistan-based terrorist group Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM).

The two NSAs agreed to hold Pakistan accountable for its obligations under the United Nations resolutions and to remove all obstacles to designating JeM chief Masood Azhar as a 'global terrorist' under the UN Security Council Resolution 1267 Committee process.

"National Security Advisor Shri Ajit Doval had a telephone call with his U.S. counterpart Ambassador John Bolton on the evening of 15 February. The call was initiated by the U.S. side to express condolences and outrage over the Pulwama attack by Pakistan-based terrorist group Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM)," read an official statement.

Bolton also extended support to India's right to self-defense against cross-border terrorism. He further offered all assistance to India to bring the perpetrators and backers of the attack promptly to justice.

The two NSAs also vowed to work together to ensure that Pakistan ceases to be a safe haven for JeM and other terrorist groups that target India, the US and others in the region.

A CRPF convoy, while moving from Jammu to Srinagar, was attacked by a suicide bomber in Lethpora area on the national highway at around 3.15 pm on Thursday.

The convoy comprised of 78 buses in which around 2,500 personnel were travelling from Jammu to Srinagar. The slain personnel were in a bus which had 42 CRPF men on board.

-ANI

First published: 16 February 2019, 10:49 IST
 
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