India won’t sit idly if its soldiers are attacked: US lawmaker

The Congressman said these issues should be handled in a bilateral manner by the two countries.

By: PTI | Washington | Published: May 10, 2017 9:45 am
India-Pakistan, Ind-Pak, Pakistan terrorism, Pakistan, soldiers mutilated, House Democratic Caucus, Pak attack on Indian soldiers, indian express news US lawmaker has cautioned Islamabad that India would not sit idly if its soldiers or citizens were being attacked.(Representational Image) 

Asking Pakistan to clamp down on extremist groups inside its territory, a top US lawmaker has cautioned Islamabad that India would not sit idly if its soldiers or citizens were being attacked. Joe Crowley, the chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, told PTI that the situation on the Indo-Pak border has been volatile for the past few months due to activities by Pakistan-backed militant groups, and called on the Trump administration to put more pressure on the country.

“(They) are backed by Pakistan. They (Trump administration) need to be more towards putting the pressure on Pakistan to go after LeT and other militant groups within Pakistan that are causing tensions on the India-Pakistan border,” he said in response to a question. “I think the emphasis here is that they (Pakistan) need to do more to clamp down on those violent and extremist groups within Pakistan themselves, because India will not sit by idly while it’s soldiers or it’s citizens are being attacked,” said Crowley, a former co-Chair of the House India Caucus.

The Congressman said these issues should be handled in a bilateral manner by the two countries. “But I do think there’s a role that the United States can play as both a friend to India and Pakistan to put the pressure on our friends to find a way forward to help keep peace in the region and to bring about reconciliation,” the Democratic lawmaker from New York said.

Crowley also hoped that the Trump administration would take inputs from India on its Afghanistan policy, which is believed to be in its last stages of being finalised. “I would certainly hope that the President and the State Department take into consideration the opinion of the Indian government. The Indian people and its government have sustained terrorist attack after terrorist attack,” he said.

He said that the historical ties between the Afghan people and Indian people are important things to consider in terms of creating a doctrine, which has been lacking.

“I don’t know of a doctrine from the Trump administration as pertained to the entire region, let alone Afghanistan. Or what it’s doctrine is towards India or toward Pakistan…so I do hope that whatever is formulated, is articulated and understood by the members of the Congress, like myself, who care about that part of the world,” he said.

Such a doctrine, he said, needs to promotes peace and reconciliation in the region while also continuing to fight in a mutual front against terrorism. “And that includes acts committed against India by fundamentalists working inside Pakistan,” Crowley said.

“When we do work towards a solution in Afghanistan, it (should) incorporate the Indian government as well as the Pakistani government in terms of helping formulate and foster a long-term commitment to peace and reconciliation within the area,” he said.

Crowley hoped there would be an India-specific doctrine in place before the meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump. Observing that Indo-US relationship has been bipartisan in the past, he hoped that this would continue to be the case under the Trump administration as well.

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  1. M
    MyTake
    May 10, 2017 at 1:39 pm
    stan itself is like a virus to the humanity!
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      jackal
      May 10, 2017 at 12:13 pm
      There are no big wars going on in the world. All is quiet for the arms industry. Will India take the bait and start a big war in the continent. Big vultures are hungry and losing patience, oooowwwooo where are the dead bodies????
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        Curious onlooker
        May 10, 2017 at 2:08 pm
        You fight your own wars. Don't expect other nations to fight your wars, feed and employ your migrant overflowing population.
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        Rizwan
        May 10, 2017 at 12:04 pm
        It's shame for us that US is saying it. Its the duty of our govt to strongly warn the stan with such words... But what we actually do....KadiNinda, GhorNinda, ApaarNinda
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          rameshnk
          May 10, 2017 at 11:04 am
          stan;s belligereance is partly due to American Double standrds. Looking into s past records it is clear they are master terrorists. Even they America gave them aid , arms and what not. On top they wre togetehr in the war e against Terrorism. How ridiculous?
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            vs
            May 10, 2017 at 10:20 am
            Looks like Modiji has sent a message to the US , that India is not going to sit idle.Can expect fireworks anytime.Hail Modi.Bharat Mata ki jai!
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              Rizwan
              May 10, 2017 at 12:03 pm
              Sir, it's shame for us that US is saying it. Its the duty of our govt to strongly warn the stan with such words... But what we actually do....KadiNinda, GhorNinda, ApaarNinda.
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