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India summons Pakistan officials over Nagrota encounter

The Ministry of External Affairs on Saturday summoned Pakistan Charge d’Affaires of the Pakistan High Commission to raise concerns over Thursday’s encounter in Jammu and Kashmir’s Nagrota, in which four suspected Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorists were killed.

The ministry registered a strong protest against the attempted attack. “It was demanded that Pakistan desists from its policy of supporting terrorists and terror groups operating from its territory,” the ministry said in a statement.

 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday reviewed the security scenario in poll-bound Jammu and Kashmir. He said the presence of a large cache of weapons and explosives with them indicates that they planned to wreak major havoc and destruction. The prime minister had held a meeting with Union Home Minister Amit Shah, NSA Ajit Doval and other top officials from the national security department. The review meeting was also attended by foreign secretary and top intelligence officials as Modi took stock of the situation.

“India reiterated its longstanding demand that Pakistan fulfil its international obligations and bilateral commitments to not allow any territory under its control to be used for terrorism against India in any manner,” the ministry said in a statement.

Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs rejected Modi’s allegations as groundless. “We view these as part of India’s desperate attempts to divert international attention from its state-terrorism in (Indian-ruled Kashmir) and state-sponsorship of terrorism against Pakistan,” the ministry said late on Friday following Modi’s comments on Twitter.

The tension between the nuclear-armed rivals has sharpened since last August, when Modi’s government abrogated Article 320, thereby, revoking the special status of Jammu and Kashmir.

Earlier this month, Pakistan said it had compiled a dossier with evidence that militancy inside its borders was being sponsored by India to target Chinese investments, and that these operations were being run out of neighbouring Afghanistan.

India termed the accusations as “figments of imagination”.

The development comes ahead of the district-level elections this month in Jammu and Kashmir, the first such exercise there since the federal government took away the area’s statehood more than a year ago.

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