Pulwama attack: India summons Pakistan High Commissioner

A day after over 40 CRPF personnel were killed in the deadliest terror attack on security forces in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir, India started hectic diplomatic exercises to isolate Pakistan. India lodged a strong protest against Pakistan and summoned its High Commissioner to India Sohail Mahmood.

India served a diplomatic notice demanding Islamabad take “immediate and verifiable action” against Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) which has claimed responsibility for Pulwama attack which claimed lives of 40 CRPF jawans. 

Pakistan High Commissioner to India Sohail Mahmood was summoned by Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale and issued a very strong demarche in connection with the terrorist attack in Pulwama. He also conveyed to Mahmood that Pakistan must immediately stop any groups or individuals associated with terrorism from operating from its territories, the source added.

Notably, the Pakistan-based terror group had yesterday claimed the responsibility for the attack. Besides, Gokhale also dismissed the statement made by Pakistan Foreign Ministry with regards to the attack.

Meanwhile, Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan Ajay Bisaria has been called to Delhi for consultations in the wake of the deadliest terror attack on CRPF convoy. He will leave Pakistan tonight to national capital. He is likely to meet External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhle.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi also warned Pakistan that it cannot weaken India by orchestrating attacks. He said those responsible will pay “a very heavy price” and security forces will be given a free hand to deal with terrorists.

Making it clear that India means business, the Cabinet Committee on Security, which met here on Friday morning, decided to withdraw the most favoured nation status to Pakistan.

Representatives from different diplomatic missions leave from the Ministry of External Affairs. Representatives from Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Nepal, South Korea, Sweden, Bhutan, Canada, Britain, Russia, Israel & others were present at a meeting conveyed to brief them on Pakistan’s sponsored terror strike.

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