Nervous Pakistan calls its envoy to India amid the rising tensions in Pulwama Attack

New Delhi, Feb 18: Pakistan on Monday summoned its High Commissioner in India, Sohail Mahmood, for "consultations" following diplomatic tensions between the two countries after the suicide bombing in Jammu and Kashmir that killed 49 troopers.

"We have called back our High Commissioner in India for consultations. He left New Delhi this morning," Foreign Ministry spokesperson Mohammad Faisal tweeted.

The February 14 attack was claimed by the Pakistan-based outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM).

Defence Ministry spokesman Colonel Rajesh Kalia said: "One of the two slain JeM terrorists was a top commander and belonged to Pakistan."

The gun battle also claimed the lives of three other soldiers of different ranks along with a civilian identified as Mushtaq Ahmad.

The gunfight started late on Sunday after security forces, including the Rashtriya Rifles (RR), Special Operations Group (SOG) of the state police and the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), surrounded the village following a tip off that JeM militants were hiding in Pinglena village.

"As the cordon was tightened, the holed-up militants fired triggering the gunfight. Firing exchanges are continuing at the encounter site," Kalia added.

The gun battle comes less than a week after 49 CRPF troopers lost their lives following the attack that was carried out by a JeM suicide bomber on the Jammu-Srinagar highway in Pulwama.

It was the worst-ever attack in Jammu and Kashmir since militancy erupted in the state in 1989.
With Agencies, Pic Google