Pakistan Denise the connection in Pulwama attack, says “a matter of grave concern”
Pakistan has strongly rejected “insinuation” by India that it is in any way involved in the Pulwama terror attack and said it has always condemned “heightened acts of violence” in Kashmir valley.
In a statement issued late on Thursday night, the Pakistan Foreign Office said: “We strongly reject any insinuation by elements in the Indian government and media circles that seek to link the attack to the State of Pakistan without investigations.”
In one of the deadliest attacks in Jammu and Kashmir’s three decades of militancy, a suicide bomber from the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) militant group rammed an explosives-laden vehicle into a CRPF bus in Pulwama district on Thursday, killing at least 44 personnel and leaving many critically wounded. Attack in Pulwama in Kashmir is “a matter of grave concern”, the Pakistan Foreign Office said in a statement.
In a tweet, FO spokesperson Mohammad Faisal said, “We have always condemned heightened acts of violence in Valley.” Meanwhile, India slammed Pakistan over the Pulwama attack and asked the neighbouring country to stop supporting terrorists and dismantle terror infrastructure operating from its soil.
India also reiterated its appeal to all members of the international community to support the proposal to list terrorists, including JeM chief Masood Azhar, as a designated terrorist under the 1267 Sanctions Committee of the UN Security Council, and to ban terrorist organisations operating from territories controlled by Pakistan. “The Indian government condemns in the strongest possible terms the cowardly terrorist attack on India’s brave security forces in Pulwama,” the Ministry of External Affairs said in a statement.
This heinous and despicable act has been perpetrated by Jaish-e-Mohammed, a Pakistan-based terrorist organisation proscribed by the United Nations and other countries, it said. This terror group is led by the international terrorist Masood Azhar, who has been given full freedom by the Pakistani government to operate and expand his terror infrastructure in territories under Pakistan’s control and to carry out attacks in India and elsewhere with impunity, the Foreign Ministry said.