Islamabad/Srinagar, February 13: Pakistan on Monday warned India against cross-border strikes after Indian authorities blamed Pakistan-based terror outfit Jaish-e-Muhammed (JeM) for an attack on Sunjawan Army camp in which soldiers and their families were targeted.
The attack on Sunjawan Army camp, in Jammu that took place Saturday morning, was the worst in months, with five soldiers and the father of one of the soldiers killed. Women and children were also hurt.
Two days after the attack, the investigating agency came to a conclusion that the heavily armed attackers were members of the JeM, drawing criticism from Pakistan about rushing to a judgement without completing its probe.
“It is a well-established pattern that Indian officials start making irresponsible statements and levelling unfounded allegations, even before any proper investigation in an incident has been started,” Pakistan’s foreign ministry said in a statement.
“India 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 LoC. We hope that the international community would urge India to stop the untold atrocities and gross violations of human rights in Kashmir and refrain from any misadventure across the Line of Control,” the foreign ministry said in a statement.
Pakistan is accused of training and arming terrorists and helping them infiltrate across the heavily militarised LoC into Jammu and Kashmir.
SP Vaid, DGP of Jammu and Kashmir told reporters over the weekend that they had communication intercepts pointing to the JeM, which has emerged as a top group fighting against Indian Armed forces in the Valley.
The investigating agency said the attackers were in army fatigues and had assault rifles, a UBGL and grenades.
In 2016, after 18 soldiers were killed in an attack on the Uri base camp in Kashmir, India carried out a surgical strike.
On the other side, Pakistan denies giving material aid to the fighters in Kashmir and says it only provides diplomatic and moral support to the people of Kashmir in ‘their struggle for self-determination’.
On Monday morning, Indian soldiers foiled an attack on CRPF camp in Srinagar. An encounter is currently ongoing between the terrorists and the security forces, and one CRPF jawan has been martyred.