Expressing grave concern over “the continuing terrorist attacks” by Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed, New Delhi on Saturday warned Islamabad that it was “firmly and resolutely determined to take all necessary measures to safeguard its national security in the fight against terrorism ”.
The Foreign Office, which summoned Pakistan’s acting envoy, lodged a protest after Jaish’s latest attempt to carry out terrorist strikes at J&K ahead of the District Development Council elections.
He demanded that Pakistan renounce its policy of supporting terrorists and dismantle the terrorist infrastructure in its territory.
Pakistan’s foreign ministry also summoned the Indian charge d’affaires in Islamabad to dismiss what he called allegations of “Pakistan’s involvement in an alleged attack planned in Nagrota.”
Indian warning to take “all necessary measures to safeguard national security” came a day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi highlighted Pakistan’s cross-border terror and thanked security forces for “defeating a nefarious plot” to target popular democracy in J&K.
India carried out surgical strikes on terrorist launch pads along the Line of Control after the Uri attack in September 2016, and airstrikes in Balakot after the Pulwama attack in February 2019.
In a statement on Saturday, the MEA said: “A major terrorist attack was foiled by Indian security forces in Nagrota, Jammu and Kashmir on November 19, 2020. Initial reports indicate that the attackers are members of Jaish- e-Mohammed (JeM) based in Pakistan. , terrorist organization banned by the United Nations and several countries. The Government of India has expressed deep concern over the continued JeM terrorist attacks against India. “
“JeM has been part of several attacks in India in the past, including the Pulwama attack in February 2019. The huge cache of weapons, ammunition and explosives indicates detailed planning for a major attack aimed at destabilize the peace and security in UT of Jammu and Kashmir, in particular, to derail the democratic exercise in the conduct of elections to the local District Development Council, ”he said.
“Pakistan Cd’A was summoned by the Ministry of External Affairs and a strong protest was filed against the attempted attack, which was only prevented by the vigilance of Indian security forces. Pakistan was called upon to renounce its policy of supporting terrorists and terrorist groups operating from its territory and dismantle the terrorist infrastructure exploited by terrorist groups to launch attacks in other countries. “
“India reiterated its longstanding demand that Pakistan fulfill its international obligations and bilateral commitments not to allow any territory under its control to be used for terrorism against India in any way. whatever, ”the MEA said.
“The Indian government is firmly and resolutely determined to take all necessary measures to safeguard its national security in the fight against terrorism,” he said.
Meanwhile, an army Havildar was killed and another soldier wounded as Pakistani troops resorted to unprovoked mortar and small arms fire along the line of control in Rajouri district on Saturday. J&K.
Army spokesman Lt. Col. Devender Anand said ceasefire violations across the LoC took place in the morning and again in the evening.
He said that Havildar Patil Sangram Shivaji of Kolhapur was killed in action in the Nowshera sector. “He was a courageous, very motivated and sincere soldier. The nation will always be indebted to him for his supreme sacrifice and dedication to duty, ”said Lieutenant-Colonel Anand.
Officials said another soldier was injured and was undergoing treatment at a military hospital. The military, officials said, responded effectively to silence Pakistani guns.
According to a report by ENS Pune, Patil, 38, of the 16 Maratha Light Infantry, was from the village of Nigave Khalsa, Karvir taluka, Kolhapur district. He belonged to a farming family. He was the second Kolhapur district soldier to be killed in action along the LoC in more than a week.
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