India summons Pak high commission official, lodges strong protest over Nagrota encounter

Search ops on in Mendhar forests of Jammu's Poonch for 4th day
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New Delhi (NVI): Two days after Indian security forces foiled a major terror attack by Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) in Jammu and Kashmir’s Nagrota, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) today lodged a strong protest while summoning the Charge d’Affaires of Pakistan High Commission.

MEA said it demanded that Pakistan desists from its policy of supporting terrorists and terror groups operating from its territory and dismantle the terror infrastructure operated by terrorist outfits to launch attacks in other countries.

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) in a statement also said, “The Government of India expresses its serious concerns at continued terror attacks by JeM against India.”

According to MEA statement, India reiterated its long standing demand that Pakistan fulfill its international obligations and bilateral commitments to not allow any territory under its control to be used for terrorism against India in any manner.

“The Government of India is firmly and resolutely committed to take all necessary measures to safeguard its national security in the fight against terrorism,” MEA further stated.

On November 19, four terrorists were killed in a fierce three-hour-long gun battle, which started early on Thursday at the Ban toll plaza on the highway near Nagrota town in Jammu district.

Two policemen of the Special Operations Group (SOG) were also injured in the exchange of fire. The gunfight began after security forces intercepted a truck carrying the terrorists.

Initial reports indicated that the attackers were members of Pakistan based Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), a terrorist organization proscribed by the United Nations and several countries.

JeM has been part of several attacks in India in the past, including the Pulwama attack in February 2019.

The huge cache of arms, ammunition and explosive material indicate detailed planning for a major attack to destabilise the peace and security in the UT of Jammu and Kashmir, in particular, to derail the ongoing democratic exercise of conduct of local District Development Council elections.