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Pakistan warns against any Indian cross-border raid after Kashmir attack

12 February, 2018 9:24 AM
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The attack on the camp near Jammu was the worst in months, with five soldiers and the father of one of the soldiers killed and women and children among the ten wounded.

Pakistan warned India against cross-border strikes in the disputed region of Kashmir after India blamed Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) for the Saturday’s attack on an army camp in which soldiers and their families were targeted.

The attack on the camp near Jammu, the winter capital of Jammu and Kashmir, was the worst in months, with five soldiers and the father of one of the soldiers killed and women and children among the ten wounded.

India said the heavily armed attackers were members of the militant group JeM, drawing criticism from Pakistan about rushing to judgement without a full inquiry.

“It is a well established pattern that Indian officials begin making irresponsible statements and levelling unfounded allegations, even before any proper investigation in any incident has been initiated,” Pakistan's foreign ministry said in a statement.

India, it said, was making these allegations to divert attention from its brutality in trying to control the armed revolt in Kashmir, and warned against any retaliatory measures across the Line of Control.

“We hope that the international community would urge India to stop the untold atrocities and gross violations of human rights in IoK (Indian Occupied Kashmir) (and) refrain from any misadventure across the Line of Control...” it said.

The head of the Jammu and Kashmir State police, S.P. Vaid, told reporters over the weekend that they had communications intercepts pointing to the JeM, which has emerged as a top group fighting the Indian forces in Kashmir.

The army said the attackers wore fatigues and had assault rifles, a grenade launcher and grenades.

In 2016, India said its troops had crossed the LoC into Pakistan and carried out a raid on militants after 18 soldiers were killed in an attack on an Indian army base in Kashmir. On Monday, Indian soldiers foiled an attack on another camp in Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian Kashmir.

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Source: thehindu.com

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