New Delhi: Foreign Secretary Jaishankar on Wednesday called in the High Commissioner of Pakistan Abdul Basit and reminded him that the government of Pakistan had made a solemn commitment in January 2004 to not allow its soil or territory under its control to be used for terrorism against India.
“The persistent and growing violation of this undertaking is a matter of very serious concern,” Jaishankar noted in the wake of the recent terror attack on army base camp last Sunday which left 18 Indian soldiers martyred.
“The latest terrorist attack in Uri only underlines that the infrastructure of terrorism in Pakistan remains active. We demand that Pakistan lives up to its public commitment to refrain from supporting and sponsoring terrorism against India,” Jaishankar said.
This year, beginning with the Pathankot airbase attack, there have been continuous attempts by armed terrorists to cross the LoC and International Boundary in order to carry out attacks in India.
Seventeen such attempts have been interdicted at or around the LoC, resulting in the elimination of thirty one terrorists and preventing their intended acts of terrorism.
Foreign Secretary also reminded the Pakistan envoy that even as he spoke two engagements at the LoC were ongoing.
In the recent incidents, the army has recovered a number of items that include GPS from the bodies of terrorists with coordinates that indicate the point and time of infiltration across the LoC and the subsequent route to the terror attack site.
Grenades with Pakistani markings have been also receovered, the Indian government said.
Other stores made in Pakistan, including food, medicines and clothes were also recovered.
“If the Government of Pakistan wishes to investigate these cross-border attacks, India is ready to provide finger prints and DNA samples of terrorists killed in the Uri and Poonch incidents,” Jaishankar said.
“We now expect a response from the Government of Pakistan,” said he.
– India Blooms News Service
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