Pak groups to attack India over Article 370 move: Pentagon official
Pakistan-based militant groups could carry out terror strikes in India following the revocation of the Article 370, that provided Jammy and Kashmir a special status. A top Pentagon official said the attacks are impending if Islamabad fails to “keep a lid” on their activities.
Assistant secretary of defence for Indo-Pacific security affairs, Randall Schriver said, “I think many have concerns that Pakistan (should) keep a lid on militant groups that might conduct cross-border activities as a result of the Kashmir decisions, and I don’t sense China wants that kind of conflict or would support that.”
He made the remarks while responding to a question on China’s support for Pakistan on the issue of Kashmir. He said, “I think it is mostly diplomatic and political support. They have supported Pakistan in international fora. There is some discussion about whether or not Kashmir would be taken up in the UN, China would support that. But in terms of something beyond that or more active, I don’t see it.”
Chinese support for Pakistan is no secret. It was the only P5 member that backed Pakistan’s demand for the UN Security Council to take up the Kashmir issue. Pakistan and China have a long-standing relation and a mutual competition with India. Talking about Indian External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar’s visit to the US, Schriver said. “They want a stable relationship with China, but there’s no doubt that there is growing concern and competition there as well. So I think on a range of issues Kashmir, China has leaned towards Pakistan.”
Security concerns are high, as Indian officials have expressed repeated concerns over Pakistan mobilising terror groups along the Line of Control following the monumental revocation of Article 370.