India today summoned the charge d’affaires of the Pakistani High Commission to express concerns over Thursday’s meeting in Nagrota, Jammu and Kashmir, in which four suspected terrorists from Jaish-e -Mohammed were killed. The Foreign Ministry recorded a loud protest, calling on Pakistan to stop supporting terrorists and terrorist groups operating from their territory while dismantling the terrorist infrastructure, sources said.
New Delhi reiterated its long-standing demand that Islamabad fulfill its international obligations and bilateral commitments not to allow any territory under its control to be used for terrorism against India in any way. , sources said.
The four suspected terrorists from Jaish-e-Mohammed, who were hiding in a truck, were killed during a three-hour meeting with security forces on the Jammu-Srinagar national road near Nagrota early Thursday morning. Two policemen were injured in the shooting and the driver managed to escape. Police said it is likely the terrorists “were planning a big attack” and headed for the Kashmir Valley where local elections are scheduled for later this month.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a meeting on Friday with Union Home Minister Amit Shah, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and others. “Our security forces have once again demonstrated absolute bravery and professionalism. With their vigilance, they defeated a nefarious plot to target basic democratic exercises in Jammu and Kashmir,” Prime Minister Modi tweeted.
Sources said the investigation so far has indicated that terrorists are planning a strike on the anniversary of the 11/26 bombings in Mumbai. A large number of weapons, including 11 AK-47 rifles, three pistols and 29 grenades, were recovered from them.
This is the second time in a week that a Pakistani official has been summoned. Last Saturday, India summoned the charge d’affaires of the Pakistan High Commission to register a strong protest against the massive bombing by Pakistani forces on several areas along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu-et- Kashmir which left at least nine dead.