Kerry takes up rising Indo-Pak tension with Sharif

SansadTV Bureau

modi_shariffThe government of US is seemingly concerned about the “increase in tension” between Indian and Pakistan. Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday spoke to Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and expressed concerns over the recent increase in tension between the two neighbours India and Pakistan. Kerry also suggested that there should not be any “misinterpretation or miscalculation” between the two neighbours.

“I talked today with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif of Pakistan regarding a recent increase in the tensions publicly between India and Pakistan. It’s of enormous concern to all of us for all the obvious reasons,” Kerry told the press.

Kerry made the call to Sharif soon after Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to his Pakistani counterpart. PM Modi had called Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif greeting him on the eve of holy month of Ramadan.

“These are two very, very important countries playing a critical role with respect to regional interests, and it’s very, very important that there be no misinterpretation or miscalculation with respect to any of the back-and-forth and the empowerment some entities might feel as a result of that,” Kerry told reporters in a conference call from his home town of Boston where he is recovering from a leg injury.

According to Kerry, Sharif was extremely forthcoming and said he had just spoken with his Indian counterpart.

“He could not have been more direct. He had actually just finished a conversation himself with the Prime Minister of India,” the Secretary of State said.

“We welcomed some thinking together about how we can work, all of us, to try to reduce those tensions over the course of the next days and weeks,” he said.

Pakistan and India have been involved in a war of words recently with leaders from both sides exchanging sharp comments. The exchange was triggered soon after the Indian army’s successful operation against the insurgents groups along the north-eastern border in Myanmar. Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore had termed the military action a “message” to other countries which was interpreted as a warning to Pakistan.

The Pakistan establishment had responded with their Prime Minister Sharif calling the statements as “irresponsible and imprudent”.

(With inputs from the PTI)