India summons Pak HC over ‘terrorism in Kashmir’

Delhi should change its attitude, won’t tolerate allegations: Basit

New Delhi—India summoned Pakistan High Commissioner in New Delhi Abdul Basit to lodge a protest against alleged “continuing cross-border terrorism from Pakistan”.
India’s Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar called the Pakistani envoy and referred specifically to alleged Lashkar-e-Taiba ‘terrorist’ Bahadur Ali, who was captured recently in North Kashmir during an encounter.
“Jaishankar called in the Pakistan envoy and issued a strong demarche on continuing cross-border terrorism from Pakistan,” Indian External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Vikas Swarup said.
The “strong demarche” says Bahadur Ali, 20, a resident of Raiwind, Lahore, was arrested in IHK on July 25 by Indian authorities, Swarup said.
An AK-47 rifle, live rounds of ammunition, grenades, a grenade launcher, and “sophisticated communications equipment and other material of Pakistani/international origin” were recovered from his possession, the spokesman added.
“Bahadur Ali has confessed to our authorities that after training in Lashkar-e-Taiba camps, he was infiltrated into India. He was thereafter in touch with an ‘operations room’ of LeT, receiving instructions to attack Indian security personnel and carry out other terrorist attacks in India,” the statement added.
The statement goes on to say that Bahadur Ali has requested legal aid and permission to meet his family, and that India is prepared to grant consular access to the suspected terrorist.
“The Indian government strongly protests against the continued infiltration from Pakistan of trained terrorists with instructions to carry out attacks,” the demarche says, adding that such incidents are “contrary to assurances given by Pakistani leaders at the highest level”.
According to another report, Abdul Basit turned down the allegations leveled by India against Pakistan further stating that India needs to change its attitude.
Abdul Basit said that the allegations being leveled by India on Pakistan are baseless, further adding that allegations shall not be tolerated as Pakistan shall not be intimidated by hollow threats. He stated that Bahadur Ali was not a Pakistani national.
Pakistani High Commissioner to India told the Foreign Secretary that the violation of human rights in Kashmir need to be curbed.
It may be mentioned here that Pakistan had also summoned India’s high commissioner last month to lodge a formal protest over human rights violations in the disputed region following the killing of Burhan Wani, the 22-year-old commander of Hizbul Mujahideen militant group.—Agencies

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