Foreign Secy Meets P5 Nations; Indian Envoy to Pak Called to Delhi
The foreign secretary apprised 25 nations on Pakistan’s complicity in the Pulwama terror attack.
In a major diplomatic offensive against Islamabad after the Pulwama attack, India held a briefing with envoys of 25 countries – including P5 nations US, China, Russia, UK and France – on Friday, 15 February, to highlight Pakistan's role in using terrorism as an instrument of state policy.
India Summons Pakistani Envoy
Before the briefing, Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale summoned Pakistan High Commissioner to India, Sohail Mahmood, to his South Block office and issued a very strong demarche over the attack, PTI quoted sources as saying.
Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan Ajay Bisaria has also been called to Delhi for consultations in the wake of the horrific attack.
On Friday, India also withdrew the 'most-favoured nation' status, which was granted to Pakistan in 1996.
Pakistan Must Take Immediate Action: Foreign Secretary
Gokhale told the Pakistani envoy that Islamabad must take "immediate and verifiable action" against JeM, the Pakistan-based terror group that has claimed responsibility for the Pulwama attack. The foreign secretary added that Pakistan must also stop any groups or individuals associated with terrorism operating from the country’s territory.
Hours after vowing to isolate Pakistan diplomatically, the government undertook the exercise of reaching out to the international community, with most countries condemning the attack.
“All the Heads of Missions were left in no doubt about the role played by Pakistan based and supported JeM in the terrorist attack, and our demand that Pakistan ceases forthwith all support and financing to terror groups operating from areas under their control. The foreign secretary also highlighted the role played by Pakistan in using terrorism as an instrument of its state policy.”MEA source, as told to PTI
The International Community Reacts
China expressed deep "shock" over the Pulwama terror attack carried out by a Jaish suicide bomber, but did not give an assurance to India that it will back New Delhi's appeal to list the UN-proscribed Pakistan-based terror group's chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist., reported PTI.
Apart from the envoys of P5 nations, Gokhale met diplomats of key countries in Europe and Asia such as Germany, South Korea, Japan and Australia.
Countries from across the globe condemned the terror attack, with nations such as the US, UK, Russia and France asserting that they stand with India in this hour of grief.
Russian President Vladimir Putin also said on Friday that perpetrators and sponsors of the attack should be brought to book and reiterated his country's support for further strengthening counter-terrorist cooperation with India.
(With inputs from PTI)
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