Indian paramilitary soldiers order commuters to turn back during a security lockdown in downtown Srinagar, Indian-controlled Kashmir, March 1, 2019.
Indian paramilitary soldiers order commuters to turn back during a security lockdown in downtown Srinagar, Indian-controlled Kashmir, March 1, 2019.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with Indian Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale in Washington Monday and told him that the United States stands with India in fighting terrorism.

After their meeting, the State Department said the two discussed the importance of bringing to justice those responsible for a suicide attack on an Indian paramilitary convoy claimed by Pakistan-based militants.

The State Department said the diplomats spoke of "the urgency of Pakistan taking meaningful action against terrorist groups operating on its soil."

A Pakistani journalist watches a video released by Pakistan's Navy that allegedly shows an Indian submarine, on a smartphone in Islamabad on March 5, 2019.
Pakistan Navy Says it Stopped Indian Sub From Entering its Waters
Pakistan has stopped an Indian submarine from entering its waters, the navy said Tuesday, as tensions continue to run high between the nuclear-armed foes. The development came days after a rare aerial dogfight between India and Pakistan over the disputed territory of Kashmir ignited fears of an all-out conflict, with world powers rushing to urge restraint. "The Pakistan navy stopped an Indian submarine from entering our territorial waters," a naval spokesman said. He added "the Indian submarine was…

Last month, a suicide bomber killed 40 Indian paramilitary troops in a convoy in the disputed Kashmir region.

A Pakistan-based militant group known as Jaish-e-Mohammad claimed responsibly for the violence in Pulwama district.

New Delhi has vowed to punish Islamabad for sheltering the militants, saying the Indian army chief has been given a "free hand" to take whatever action is required.

Pakistan rejects Indian charges of playing a role in the February attack and maintains the militant group has long been outlawed as part of counter-extremism measures.

Both India and Pakistan have equipped their militaries with nuclear weapons since they last went to war in 1971, raising fears that a future conflict could escalate into a nuclear exchange.

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