WASHINGTON, Sept 29 The White House urged India
and Pakistan to avoid escalation in their dispute over Kashmir
on Thursday after elite Indian troops crossed the line of
control to attack militants in Pakistan-ruled Kashmir it said
were preparing attacks on major cities.
White House spokesman Josh Earnest said reports from the
region indicated the Indian and Pakistani militaries had been in
communication with one another "and we encourage continued
discussions ... to avoid escalation."
He said President Barack Obama's national security adviser,
Susan Rice, had spoken to her Indian counterpart on Wednesday
and made clear Washington is "concerned by the danger that
cross-border terrorism poses." Earnest said he could not speak
to "any specific coordination" between India and the United
States on the situation.
(Reporting by Roberta Rampton; Writing by David Alexander;
Editing by Eric Beech)