Feb 14, 2018
At least six Indian soldiers were killed after fighters stormed the Sunjuwan army camp on Saturday. The three attackers were killed in the ensuing gun battle that continued for more than two days.
“Pakistan is expanding the arc of terror… We will be providing evidence to prove that the handlers are back in Pakistan and they are the mastermind, influencing all this … Pakistan will pay for this misadventure,” Nirmala Sitharaman, India’s defence minister, said on Monday.
Her comments came as the divided Himalayan region witnessed two deadly attacks in three days, raising tension between the South Asian neighbours.
Indian officials blamed Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM), a Pakistan-based armed group, for the Jammu attack, but Pakistan’s foreign ministry said in a statement the “Indian allegations are premature and inopportune”.
Mohammed Faisal, Foreign Office spokesperson, on Tuesday said India’s “tendency of apportioning blame to Pakistan, without a shred of evidence, is regrettable” and carries “no credibility”.
He added: “More deplorable is [India’s] threatening tone [that] further vitiates the already tense environment marked by unprecedented ceasefire violations by India.”
Separately, Khurram Dastgir, Pakistan’s defence minister, said: “Any Indian aggression, strategic miscalculation, or misadventure … shall be met with an equal and proportionate response.”