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India Summons Pakistan Envoy Sohail Mahmood, Asks Him To Take Immediate Action Against Jaish-e-Mohammad

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| February 15 , 2019 , 16:15 IST

India on Friday summoned Pakistan’s top envoy, Sohail Mahmood and demanded that Pakistan take immediate action against the terror group Jaish-e-Mohammad(JeM) which is responsible for the terror attacks in Pulwama.

Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale summoned Sohail Mahmood and lodged a strong protest over the killing of the 42 CRPF soldiers in Pulwama, official sources said.

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 attacks.

Gokhale told the Pakistan high commissioner that immediate and verifiable action must be taken against the Jaish-e-Mohammad and other terror groups operating on its territories, reports said.

He also rejected the statement made by the Pakistan Foreign Ministry denying any involvement in the suicide attack, that has been called the worst-ever terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir since militancy began there in 1989.

Earlier in the day, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said Ministry of External Affairs will take all possible diplomatic steps to isolate Pakistan from the international community, for its direct hand in Pulwama attack. The Most Favoured Nation status granted to Pakistan has also been withdrawn.

Last night, the Foreign Ministry issued a statement saying "this heinous and despicable act has been perpetrated by  Jaish-e-Mohammed, a Pakistan-based and supported terrorist organization proscribed by the United Nations and other countries. This terror group is led by the international terrorist Masood Azhar, who has been given full freedom by Government of Pakistan to operate and expand his terror infrastructure in territories under the control of Pakistan and to carry out attacks in India and elsewhere with impunity."

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More than 2,500 Central Reserve Police Force personnel, many of them returning from leave to rejoin duty in the Valley, were traveling in the convoy of 78 vehicles when they were ambushed on the Srinagar-Jammu highway at Latoomode in Awantipora in south Kashmir around 3.15 pm. Police identified the suicide bomber as Adil Ahmed, who officials said joined the terror outfit last year.

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