Pakistan Recalls Envoy From India Amid Rising Tensions
- Author: Leroy Wright Feb 19, 2019,
Feb 19, 2019, 11:28
The attack from the militants was retaliated by the security forces leading to an encounter in which two militants were killed and their bodies have been retrieved from the encounter site.
Police officials said the Jaish terrorists were part of the suicide squad behind the horrific Pulwama bloodbath that has triggered nationwide outrage.
"Among the slain soldiers is a top army officer", he added. The fierce gun-battle, which seemed to have ended by 4pm, resumed after a long pause, as thuds and booms of guns and IEDs rang out, injuring DIG south Kashmir Amit Kumar, Brigade Commander Harbir Singh and Lt Col Rahul Gupta.
The exchange comes less than a week after 49 Central Reserve Police Forces troopers were killed on February 14.
The three militants killed in the clash on Monday were all Pakistani nationals and members of JeM, according to two security sources. Some of the fighters were believed to have escaped, police said, and government forces cordoned off other villages as they gave chase.
"Several houses have been blasted".
More protests have been planned Monday, with trade unions calling for a nationwide shutdown by shops and small businesses.
"The firing is still on". "We strongly reject any insinuation by elements in the Indian media and government that seek to link the attack to Pakistan without investigations".
A suicide bomber rammed his vehicle full of explosives into the convoy carrying the CRPF jawans.
The deadly attack took place on a highway in Pulwama, which connects the disputed territory's main city of Srinagar with its southern parts.
Harbhajan is not alone in calling for a boycott of the match, with the boss of the Cricket Club of India (the Indian equivalent to one of Cricket Australia's state bodies) also publicly calling for Pakistan Prime Minister and legendary all-rounder, Imran Khan, to condemn the attacks.
The Valentine's Day vehicle bomb attack targeted a large convoy of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and was the worst attack on security forces since the insurgency began in the region in 1989.
Imran concluded by saying that he knows that elections are due in India and this approach may give the country "a boost in election year" but blaming Pakistan would achieve nothing, he said.
A Kashmiri man was beaten by a mob in New Delhi that accused him of chanting anti-India slogans.
Stating, "I want to ask India if they want to keep living in the past", the premier said, "We want stability".