Srinagar: The Pakistan Foreign Office on Friday summoned Indian Acting Deputy High Commissioner Gaurav Ahluwalia to “protest India’s baseless allegations” against Pakistan in the aftermath of an attack on Indian security forces in occupied Kashmir, Pakistan media reported.
India has announced the withdrawal of Most Favoured Nation status for Pakistan and decided to initiate steps to ensure diplomatic isolation of Islamabad.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi also openly attacked Pakistan and blamed them for Pulwama attck saying that Pakistan is trying to “destabilize India.”
Ahluwalia, who was called to the FO by the additional secretary (Asia Pacific) of the foreign ministry, was handed a protest note over the allegations leveled by Indian officials against Pakistan.
“Pakistan rejects Indian government’s allegations of intrusion,” an FO official told reporters, adding that Pakistan condemns attacks in the valley.
Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, who is currently on a visit to Germany, also asked India to refrain from leveling “unfounded allegations” against Pakistan.
“Since day one we have been desirous of good relations with all our neighbours, including India,” he was quoted as saying.
Following Thursday’s attack, Islamabad had strongly rejected any insinuation that sought to link the attack to Pakistan without investigations.
Pakistan’s High Commissioner to India Sohail Mahmood was summoned by the Indian external affairs ministry and issued a “strong démarche” in connection with the attack.
Also on Friday, Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan Ajay Bisaria was recalled by New Delhi for consultations in the aftermath of the bombing.
At least 49 Indian paramilitary soldiers were killed on Thursday in Kashmir in the deadliest attack on security forces since 2002.