Encourage India and Pakistan to avoid escalation, resolve issues through dialogue: US

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The United States has declined to intervene in the ongoing allegations between Pakistan and India, urging both countries to avoid escalating tensions and resolve their differences through dialogue, ANI reported.

US Department of State spokesperson Matthew Miller responded to questions about a recent report in ‘The Guardian’ citing Pakistani officials alleging that India was responsible for killings of people linked to terrorism and extremism in Pakistani territory. Indian officials have dismissed these allegations as “false and malicious anti-India propaganda.

“We have been following the media reports about this issue. We don’t have any comment on the underlying allegations, but of course, while we’re not going to get in the middle of this situation, we encourage both sides to avoid escalation and find a resolution through dialogue,” Miller said during a press briefing.

Earlier in January, Pakistan said India was responsible for deaths of two Pakistani nationals.  However, New Delhi dismissed the allegation.

The remarks came after Pakistan Foreign Secretary Muhammad Syrus Sajjad Qazi claimed Islamabad had “credible evidence” of Indian agents’ involvement in the assassinations of Shahid Latif and Muhammad Riaz in Sialkot and Rawalkot, respectively. Latif, designated as a terrorist in India, was killed in a mosque in Sialkot, and Riaz, formerly associated with Jamaatud Dawa, was killed in Rawalkot.

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