Pakistan likely to give strong response to India at diplomatic level over baseless allegations on Pulwama attack

Pakistan likely to give strong response to India at diplomatic level over baseless allegations on Pulwama attack
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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan is likely to give strong reply to New Delhi at diplomatic level for levelling allegations without even investigating the Pulwama attack , sources told.

On Thursday, at least 44 Indian paramilitary soldiers were killed on Thursday in Indian-occupied Kashmir in one the deadliest attacks. The attack saw explosives packed inside a van rip through buses in a convoy of 78 vehicles carrying some 2,500 members of the paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF).

Two blue buses carrying around 35 people each bore the brunt of the massive blast, heard miles away, around 20 kilometres (12 miles) from the city of Srinagar on the main highway to Jammu.

Indian government blamed Pakistan for the attack and threatened to isolate it at international level.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said those behind the terror attack would pay a “very heavy price” and had made a “huge mistake”.

Union Minister Arun Jaitley said they will take all possible diplomatic steps to ensure “complete isolation” of Pakistan and has withdrawn Most Favoured Nation status to the country.

In a statement issued on Friday, Islamabad strongly rejected insinuation by elements in the Indian government and media circles that seek to link the attack to the State of Pakistan without investigations.

“The attack in Pulwama in the Indian Occupied Jammu & Kashmir is a matter of grave concern,” the Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated in a press release.

“We have always condemned heightened acts of violence in the Valley.”

Foreign Policy