Pakistan briefs envoys about situation after Pulwama attack

Islamabad: Pakistan on Sunday briefed ambassadors from African and the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) countries about the situation after the Pulwama terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir that killed 44 CRPF soldiers. India held a briefing for envoys of 25 countries, including from P5 nations — US, China, Russia, the UK and France — in New Delhi on Friday to highlight Pakistan’s role in using terrorism as an instrument of state policy.

Pakistan Foreign Office spokesman Mohammad Faisal said briefing by Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua to resident ambassadors regarding Pulwama attack continued at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Faisal said the Indian allegations were baseless and “aggressive rhetoric” by New Delhi was “counterproductive and threat to regional peace.”

While briefing the ambassadors from SCO states on Pulwama attack, “she recalled familiar pattern of India blaming Pakistan instantly after such incidents without investigation,” he said. The SCO was founded at a summit in Shanghai in 2001 by the presidents of Russia, China, Kyrgyz Republic, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. India and Pakistan became its members in 2017.

Pakistan claims fulfilling sanction obligations against JeM
Pakistan on Sunday said that Jaish-e-Mohammad, which claimed responsibility for the Pulwama terror attack, was banned in 2002 and Islamabad was fulfilling its obligations on sanctions as per the law. At least 40 CRPF personnel were killed and five injured on Thursday in one of the deadliest terror attacks in Jammu and Kashmir when a Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) suicide bomber rammed a vehicle with explosives into their bus.

In a major diplomatic offensive against Islamabad after the attack, India has highlighted Pakistan’s role in using terrorism as an instrument of state policy. India has slammed Pakistan for stating that it had no role in the Pulwama attack carried out by Pakistan-based terror group JeM, saying Islamabad could not claim that it was unaware of the presence of terror groups on its soil as the links of such outfits to the country were there for everyone to see.

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