NEW YORK, Feb 17 (APP):The US media, pre-occupied with the aftermath of President Donal Trump’s declaration of emergency to build a wall along the Mexican border, has also given coverage to reports about escalation of India-Pakistan tensions following the bomb attack in Indian Occupied Kashmir’s Pulwama district, but there has been no editorial comment so far.
India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi threat to give a befitting reply to perpetrators of the attack in which 44 Indian soldiers were killed, was highlighted in the reports, while also taking note of Pakistan Foreign Office statement rejecting New Delhi’s attempt to blame Pakistan.
Thursday’s attack has been condemned by Pakistan, the United Nations and several other countries, including the United States.
As Modi campaigns for re-election ahead of a national vote due by May, US media said close attention is being paid to how he will respond to the attack in such a politically crucial year.
After jingoist statements from some Indian political leaders, CNBC, a major American TV network, also carried a statement from Moeed Yusuf, associate vice president of the Asia Center at the US Institute of Peace.”The current situation has all the making of an India-Pakistan crisis,” Yusuf said. “If [Modi] moves to threatening Pakistan, the tit-for-tat mudslinging will begin and temperatures on both sides would force an escalation.”
“Any actions by India will escalate pressure on Pakistan to respond,” echoed Mosharraf Zaidi, a former principal advisor to the Foreign Minister of Pakistan and currently a senior fellow at Islamabad-based think tank Tabadlab. “The escalatory ladder is steep and has potentially devastating consequences,” he added.”India’s leaders must not use the attack as a political instrument and the Pakistani leadership must engage India to try to defuse tensions.”
MSNC report expressed the hope that Modi and Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan will engage in dialogue first but many are skeptical of that prospect. It added, “Some analysts are hoping for Washington’s involvement if a India-Pakistan crisis were to arise but US President Donald Trump’s
administration, which condemned Thursday’s attack, isn’t likely to play mediator anytime soon.”