NATIONAL Security Advisor Ajit Doval spoke to his US counterpart John Bolton and discussed the latest situation in the context of India-Pakistan relations. This is the third exchange between the two security advisors after the Pulwama attack. In the aftermath of the dastardly terror attack, America had supported India’s right to self-defence. It was seen as strong support to India on the issue of terrorism emanating from Pakistan.
In fact, the US had termed India’s airstrike at the Balakot training camp of Pakistan as ‘counter-terrorism’ actions. The US also worked relentlessly to ensure that tensions do not spiral out of control after Pakistan tried to carry airstrikes in the Indian Territory which was thwarted by the Indian Air Force.
US President Donald Trump’s statement on the morning of February 28 that we are going to hear reasonably good news was taken as a sign that America and several other nations pressurised Pakistan to release the captured Indian Pilot Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman. India had also alleged that Pakistan used F-16s supplied by America in its retaliatory strike during which India’s Mig-21 Bison had shot down a Pakistani F-16. While Pakistan denied that it had used F-16 against India, India presented parts of AMRAM missile recovered from east of Rajouri as a proof that Pakistan used F-16s.
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