U.S.'s Bolton says Pakistan committed to easing tensions with India

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"Spoke with Pakistani FM Qureshi to encourage meaningful steps against JeM (Jaish-e-Mohammed) and other terrorist groups operating from Pakistan", Bolton tweeted on Monday.

In Islamabad, Pakistan's Foreign Office said the objective of Mr. Qureshi's call was to provide Mr. Bolton Pakistan's perspective on the "recent regional developments".

While cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region formed an important part of their deliberations, they also discussed counterterrorism cooperation and a range of global and regional issues of mutual interest, including the current situation in Afghanistan, North Korea, Iran and Venezuela, the State Department said in a readout of the meeting. "The FM assured me that Pakistan would deal firmly with all terrorists and will continue steps to de-escalate tensions with India", tweeted the U.S. national security advisor.

"To which I used to reply that no, I assure you India will not escalate the situation but if there is any other terror attack then we will not remain silent as we can not say Pulwama is our destiny", she said.

Poonch: Two Pakistani fighters were detected on Tuesday night going supersonic 10 kms from the Line of Control (LoC) within the territory of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir in Poonch sector, following which India has put its air defence systems on high alert, government sources said on Wednesday. Bolton "appreciated Pakistan measures which had helped lowering the tension and urged continued restraint on both sides", according to the Foreign Office.

The key test comes amid a tense military standoff with India, which was triggered by Indian claims of carrying out air strikes, targeting alleged terrorist camps inside Pakistan on February 26.

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