India summons Pakistan High Commissioner

India summons Pakistan High Commissioner
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New Delhi, Feb 15: India on Friday summoned Pakistan High Commissioner Sohail Mahmood and lodged a strong protest over the Pulwama attack that claimed the lives of 49 CRPF troopers in Jammu and Kashmir.
Sources in the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said Foreign Secretary Vijay Keshav Gokhale summoned Mahmood to the MEA at 2 p.m. and issued a “very strong demarche” in connection with the attack on Thursday that also left 38 troopers injured.
Gokhale conveyed that Pakistan must take immediate and verifiable action against the Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM), which claimed responsibility immediately after the attack, and that it “must immediately stop any groups or individuals associated with militants and operating from Pakistani territory.”
He also rejected the statement made by the Pakistan Foreign Ministry denying any involvement in the attack, that has been called the worst-ever attack in Jammu and Kashmir since militancy began there in 1989.
The JeM claimed responsibility for the attack in which a suicide bomber on Thursday rammed his SUV packed with explosives into a Central Reserve Police Force bus that was part of a large convoy on the Jammu-Srinagar highway around 3.15 p.m., killing 49 troopers and leaving the security establishment stunned.