India summons Pakistan’s High Commissioner over ‘terrorism in Kashmir’

Pakistan High Commissioner in New Delhi. PHOTO: AFP

Pakistan High Commissioner in New Delhi. PHOTO: AFP

NEW DELHI: India summoned on Tuesday Pakistani High Commissioner to New Delhi Abdul Basit for over the ongoing violence in held Kashmir.

India’s Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar called the Pakistani envoy and referred specifically to alleged Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorist Bahadur Ali, who was captured recently in North Kashmir during an encounter.

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“Jaishankar called in the Pakistan envoy and issued a strong demarche on continuing cross border terrorism from Pakistan,” Indian External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Vikas Swarup said.

“Bahadur Ali has confessed to our authorities that after training in Lashkar-e-Taiba camps, he was infiltrated into India. He was thereafter in touch with an ‘operations room’ of LeT, receiving instructions to attack Indian security personnel and carry out other terrorist attacks in India,” the statement added.

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More than 50 civilians have been killed in clashes between protesters and police and troops and thousands more injured in the worst violence to hit the restive Himalayan region since 2010.

Pakistan had also summoned India’s high commissioner last month to lodge a formal protest over human rights violations in the disputed region following the killing of Burhan Wani, the 22-year-old commander of Hizbul Mujahideen militant group.

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