New Delhi: Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan Ajay Bisaria has been called to Delhi for consultations in the wake of the deadliest terror attack on CRPF convoy in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir. Bisaria will leave tonight for national capital, news agency ANI reported.
He is likely to meet External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhle.
The development comes soon after India lodged a strong protest against Pakistan and summoned its High Commissioner to India Sohail Mahmood. Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale also issued a strong demarche in connection with the killing of 44 CRPF soldiers and conveyed that Pakistan must take immediate action against terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM). Notably, the Pakistan-based terror group had yesterday claimed the responsibility for the attack.
Earlier in the day, India launched a diplomatic offensive by announcing the withdrawal of Most Favoured Nation (MFN) status given to Pakistan following the attack and said it would take all steps to ensure the country’s isolation globally. The decision was taken at a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
“The most favoured nation status which has been granted to Pakistan stands withdrawn. The Ministry of Commerce will issue the necessary communication in this regard,” Union Finance Minister Jaitley said.
He added,”The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) will initiate all possible steps, and I am referring to all diplomatic steps, which are to be taken to ensure the complete isolation from the international community of Pakistan of which incontrovertible evidence are available of having the direct hand in this gruesome terrorist attack.”
Besides Modi and Jaitley, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman were also present at the meeting.