"We made that (American objection on nuclear threat) clear to them (Pakistan). Repeatedly," a senior State Department official said. The official who spoke on condition of anonymity, however, would not reveal the level at which the message was conveyed to Pakistan.

"It is very concerning. It is a serious thing," the official said when asked about Pakistan Defence Minister Khawaja Asif's assertions, twice in the last 15 days, that his country could use nuclear weapons against India "We will destroy India if it dares to impose war on us," Asif had told a Pakistani news channel in his latest interview. "Pakistan army is fully prepared to answer any misadventure of India." "We have not made atomic device to display in a showcase.
If a such a situation arises we will use it (nuclear weapons) and eliminate India," Asif had said.

The statements raised eyebrows in the Obama Administration and is seen as "irresponsible" behaviour by top Pakistani leadership. In a tacit acknowledgement that it has concerns over the safety of nuclear weapons in Pakistan, the official said the US is closely monitoring the safety and security of those weapons of mass destruction. "The safety of these weapons is always a concern for us. So we are always monitoring it, regardless of what they said on this particular occasion," said the State Department official.

US Lawmakers Support India's Surgical Strikes Across LoC

Top US lawmakers have come out in support of India's surgical strikes in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir in the aftermath of the Uri terror attack which claimed the lives of 19 jawans.

"Uri attack against India was horrific. Prayers are with victims' families. I will continue to follow India's subsequent counter terrorism op closely," Congressman Steny Hoyer, Democratic Whip in the US House of Representatives wrote on Twitter. Congressman Pete Olson said in a tweet. Olson, from Texas, is Vice Chair of House Energy and Power Committee. "Condolences to the victims of last week's terrorist attack on the Indian Army base in Kashmir. We stand with India fighting terrorism," said Senator Jeff Flake from Arizona.

Meanwhile a White House petition seeking to designate Pakistan as "terror state" has gained more than 3,90,000 signatures.
UN Chief Offers To Mediate Between India, Pakistan

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has offered to act as a mediator between India and
Pakistan to help the nuclear-armed neighbours resolve their disputes, as he urged both nations to take immediate steps to de-escalate tensions in the region.

"The Secretary-General is deeply concerned over the significant increase in tensions between India and Pakistan in the wake of the recent developments, in particular the reported cease-fire violations along the Line of Control (LoC) following an attack on an Indian army base in Uri on September 18," a statement issued by Ban's spokesperson said .

According to the Security Council mandate given in resolution 307 of 1971, the UN Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) observes and reports on ceasefire violations along and across the Line of Control and the working boundary between the South Asian neighbours in Jammu and Kashmir, as well as reports developments that could lead to ceasefire violations. India has however always maintained that UNMOGIP has "outlived its relevance" and has "no role to play whatsoever".

Pakistan Army Chief General Raheel Sharif Warns India
Pakistan army chief General Raheel Sharif warned that any "misadventure" by any "adversary" will meet the "most befitting response", a day after India conducted surgical strikes on terror launch pads across the LoC.

"The highest state of vigil is being maintained along the Line of Control, Working Boundary and the international border," General Raheel said.

10,000 Villagers Evacuated From Border Villages In Jammu
Amid tension prevailing in areas along the Indo-Pak border after the surgical strikes in PoK to dismantle terrorist launch pads, nearly 10,000 villagers living along IB and LoC have migrated to safer areas in Jammu district.

PTI Chief And Former Cricketer Imran Khan Wants To Defuse The Tension
Cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan tonight offered an olive branch to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying Pakistanis are ready for friendship as war between two nuclear powers is no solution to any problem. "We want peace. We are ready for friendship if you (PM Modi) are willing. I offer you peace as war is no solution to problems," Imran said while addressing a big rally.

"When I met Modi in India I told him that a small group of people may try to derail peace process between India and Pakistan. But When Uri incident took place, India without investigation blamed Pakistan and PM Modi started hurling threats at Pakistan," the Pakistan Tahreek-i-Insaf chief said.