Beijing/Islamabad/New Delhi: As India mourned the death of 40 soldiers in a terror attack in Kashmir, Pakistan hurriedly denied its link with the suicide bombing while its close ally China condemned the incident but kept its stand unchanged on Pakistan-sheltered terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed and its chief Masood Azhar.
Pakistan-based terror outfit Jaish has claimed the Pulwama attack, in which at least 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel were martyred and several others injured on Thursday.
China is the only nation which had blocked India’s efforts to list Azhar as the UN designated terrorist.
Denying any link with the deadly terrorist attack in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district, Pakistan said the incident is a “matter of grave concern”.
However, India warned of a serious consequences for the act.
“Pakistan has done a big blunder. They will have to pay a huge price. Whoever is guilty will get punishment,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi warned today.
He also urged all political parties to be united by shedding their differences.
“India is one and let’s fight it together,” the Prime Minister said.
In another significant development, Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale on Friday summoned Pakistan High Commissioner Sohail Mahmood over the Pulwama attack incident.
“He (Foreign Secretary) conveyed that Pakistan must take immediate and verifiable action against the JeM and that it must immediately stop any groups or individuals associated with terrorism operating from its territories,” sources told UNI news agency.