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Islamabad condemns Pulwama attack, rejects charge that Pakistan is involved

At least 37 CRPF personnel were killed and five injured on Thursday in one of the deadliest terror attacks in Jammu and Kashmir

Press Trust of India  |  Islamabad 

Security personnel carry out the rescue and relief works at the site of suicide bomb attack at Lathepora Awantipora in Pulwama district of south Kashmir, Thursday, February 14, 2019
Security personnel carry out the rescue and relief works at the site of suicide bomb attack at Lathepora Awantipora in Pulwama district of south Kashmir, Thursday, February 14, 2019

has condemned the terrorist attack in Jammu and Kashmir's district and said it is a matter of grave concern even as it rejected pointing out Islamabad's link to the incident without investigations.

At least 37 CRPF personnel were killed and five injured on Thursday in one of the deadliest terror attacks in when a Jaish suicide bomber rammed a vehicle carrying over 100 kg of explosives into their bus in district.

Pakistan's Foreign Office, after keeping quiet for hours, issued a statement after midnight.

The attack in in "is a matter of grave concern," it said.

"We have always condemned heightened acts of violence in the Valley," the FO said.

also rejected that it was in any way involved in the attack.

"We strongly reject any insinuation by elements in the and that seek to link the attack to the State of without investigations," the FO added.

on Thursday slammed Pakistan over the carried out by Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) and asked the neighbouring country to stop supporting terrorists and dismantle terror infrastructure operating from its soil.

also strongly reiterated its appeal to all members of the international community to support the proposal to list terrorists, including Masood Azhar, as a designated terrorist under the 1267 of the UN Security Council, and to ban terrorist organisations operating from territories controlled by Pakistan.

The asked Pakistan to immediately end "support" and "safe haven" to all terror groups as it strongly condemned the Pulwama terrorist attack.

"The calls on Pakistan to end immediately the support and safe haven provided to all terrorist groups operating on its soil, whose only goal is to sow chaos, violence, and terror in the region," said in a late night statement on Thursday.

Condemning the attack, the said in a statement that it was resolutely committed to working with the to combat terrorism in all its forms.

First Published: Fri, February 15 2019. 10:55 IST
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