NEW DELHI: The atmosphere between Pakistan and India has been deteriorated further following an attack at the Indian Army camp in Jammu’s Sunjuwan as
Indian Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Monday said the terrorists who attacked the Army camp had handlers across the border and asserted that Pakistan will “pay for this misadventure”.
Addressing a press conference shortly after meeting Jammu and Kashmir CM Mehbooba Mufti, Sitharaman said the terrorists belonged to a Jaish-e-Muhammed (JeM) module and possibly had support from some locals as well. “Terrorists belonged to JeM, sponsored by Masood Azhar residing in Pakistan and deriving support from therein. There is possibility that they enjoyed local support, though they were controlled by their handlers from across the border,” Sitharaman said.
Six persons, including five soldiers and a civilian, were killed and 10 others were injured during the terror attack. Three terrorists of the JeM outfit, wearing army fatigues, were gunned down during the counter-operation.
Sitharaman said Pakistan was expanding the arc of terror beyond the Pir Panjal range and resorting to ceasefire violations to abet infiltration of terrorists into the Indian side of the border. She assured that the government will continue to thwart Pakistan sponsored terror and a counter-terrorism plan has already been put into action.
“Giving the evidences to Pakistan will be a continuous process. It will have to be proved over and over again that they are responsible. Pakistan will have to pay for this misadventure,” she declared.
Pakistan has warned India against cross-border strikes in the disputed region of Kashmir after Indian authorities blamed a Pakistan-based group for an attack on an army camp in which soldiers and their families were targeted.
Saturday’s attack on the camp near Jammu, the winter capital of the revolt-torn state 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.
“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 that divides Kashmir between the nuclear-armed countries.