NEW DELHI - Indian Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale on Friday summoned Pakistan’s High Commissioner Sohail Mahmood in New Delhi in the aftermath of a suicide bombing in occupied Kashmir.
Mahmood was “issued a very strong demarche in connection with the terrorist attack in Pulwama yesterday,” a source told Reuters.
The move comes despite Pakistan strongly rejecting allegations by sections of Indian government and media linking the suicide attack in occupied Kashmir –which killed at least 44 Indian security personnel – to Islamabad.
“We strongly reject any insinuation by elements in the Indian media and government that seek to link the attack to Pakistan without investigations,” the Foreign Office (FO) said in a statement.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said the country would give a ‘strong reply’ to those behind the Kashmir attack as New Delhi withdrew the Most Favoured Nation (MFN) trade status given to Pakistan.