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Pulwama attack: Trump says India is looking at something “very strong”

"I stopped paying Pakistan the USD 1.3-billion that we used to pay them. In the meantime, we may set up some meetings with Pakistan. Pakistan was taking very strong advantage of the United States under other presidents. We were paying Pakistan USD 1.3 billion a year. I ended that payment, because they were not helping us in the way they should have," Trump said.

Saima Siddiqui

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Published on 23 Feb 2019 5:40 AM GMT

Pulwama attack: Trump says India is looking at something “very strong”
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Washington: United States president Donald Trump during his press conference at the Oval Office in White House, on Friday, called the current situation between India and Pakistan as “very, very bad” after last week’s Pulwama terror attack and asserted that India is looking at something “very strong”.

“Right now between Pakistan and India, there is a very, very bad situation. A very dangerous situation. We would like to see it (hostilities) stop. A lot of people were just killed. We want to see it just stop. We are very much involved in that (process)," Trump told reporters.

Upon asked about India’s right to self-defence, Trump asserted the possibility of a strong response from India, “India is looking at something very strong. And I mean, India just lost almost 50 people with an attack. So, I could understand that also,” he said.

Trump said US is in contact with both the countries and hoped hostilities would soon end in the Valley.

"We're talking. A lot of people are. It's going to be a very, very delicate balance. There is a lot of problems between India and Pakistan because of what just happened," he said.

"I stopped paying Pakistan the USD 1.3-billion that we used to pay them. In the meantime, we may set up some meetings with Pakistan. Pakistan was taking very strong advantage of the United States under other presidents. We were paying Pakistan USD 1.3 billion a year. I ended that payment, because they were not helping us in the way they should have," Trump said.

The United Nations Security Council comprising 15 nations, including China, on Thursday, had condemned in the "strongest terms" the "heinous and cowardly" terror attack by Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed in J&K’s Pulwama, killing nearly 45 CRPF soldiers.

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