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After India, Pakistan calls back envoy ‘for consultations’ after tensions over Pulwama terror attack

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 18 February 2019, 14:17 IST

After India's High Commissioner to Pak was called back, Pakistan has also called its envoy back Islamabad for consultations amid tension between the neighbouring countries over the recent Pulwama terror attack in which over 40 CRPF soldiers martyred last Thursday.

"We have called back our High Commissioner in India for consultations. He left New Delhi this morning," Pakistan Foreign Office spokesperson Mohammad Faisal said on Twitter.

India summoned Pakistan High Commissioner Sohail Mahmood sources said. A very strong demarche or diplomatic protest was lodged over the Pulwama terror attack, sources added.

Earlier, Ajay Bisaria, India's High Commissioner to Pakistan, was called to New Delhi for consultations the same day.

Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed has claimed responsibility for the attack. JeM chief Masood Azhar’s aide Ghazi Rashid was among 2 terrorists who were gunned by security forces on during an encounter in Pulwama’s Pinglan on Monday.

According to media reports, a joint team of Indian Army's 55 Rashtriya Rifles, CRPF and Special Operation Group launched a cordon in the wee hours on Monday.

On Thursday, Pakistan backed- Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) attacked the long 78- vehicle convoy on Jammu-Srinagar highway with a suicide car bomber driven by 22-year-old terrorist Adil Ahmad Dar. The SUV is full of over 350 kg explosive and detonated 60 kg of RDX.

Immediately after Pulwama attack on our security personnel, India withdrew the Most Favoured Nation (MFN) status from Pakistan and increased the customs import duty to 200 per cent.

Also read: J&K Encounter: Ghazi Rashid, mastermind of Pulwama attack, among 2 terrorists killed in Pinglan

First published: 18 February 2019, 14:17 IST