New Delhi: Amid growing strain in ties, India today summoned Pakistan envoy Abdul Basit and issued a strong demarche over Pakistan’s continued “support to cross-border terrorism in Kashmir”.
Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar called Abdul Basit to his South Block office and lodged a strong protest over the issue as he made a specific reference to LeT militant and Pakistan national 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. Demarche made specific reference to LeT terrorist and Pak national Bahadur Ali who was apprehended recently,” External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Vikas Swarup said.
Bahadur Ali, born in the Zia Bagga village of Pakistan, was arrested by Indian authorities in Jammu and Kashmir on July 25 with weapons (AK 47 rifle, live rounds, grenades, grenade launcher, etc.) as also sophisticated communication equipment and other materials of Pakistani/international origin, according to the demarche issued to Abdul Basit.
“Bahadur Ali has confessed to our authorities that after training in Lashkar-e-Toiba 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,” it said.