Published: Mon, February 18, 2019
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Pulwama attack mastermind killed!

Pulwama attack mastermind killed!

India accuses Pakistan for harbouring the group.

The Pakistan-backed JeM took responsibility for the February 14 terror strike in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama district that killed 49 CRPF personnel.

However, the article added that some Chinese scholars want China to take India's concerns more into account on the JeM chief.

The Indian Ministry of External Affairs has accused Pakistan of having a role in the terrorist attack and demanded that it "ceases forthwith all support and financing to terror groups operating from areas under their control".

On Sunday, police said Indian forces had detained 23 men suspected of links to the militants who carried out the Thursday bombing.

Meanwhile, Internet services have been suspended in parts of the Kashmir valley in wake of the encounter between security forces and JeM militants. Police said another soldier and a civilian were critically wounded.

The Jaish is considered one of the most lethal militant groups and has expanded its presence in Kashmir, the police officer said.

Srinagar, India-administered Kashmir - At least seven people, including two armed rebels and four Indian army soldiers, have been killed in an ongoing gun battle in India-administered Kashmir.

Mohammad Yunis, a journalist in Pulwama, said troops were searching the village and civilians trapped in houses were being evacuated.

India announced the withdrawal of Most Favoured Nation (MFN) status for Pakistan and called backed its High Commissioner to Islamabad Ajay Basaria on Friday.

"As we witness killing of our loved ones and shoulder their coffins each day, we can feel and understand the pain and sense of loss that the family and friends of those who are killed go through", read the joint statement.

Tensions rose sharply with neighboring Pakistan following the suicide bombing. The two countries have fought three wars since gaining independence from the United Kingdom in 1947.

Kashmir is divided between India and Pakistan and claimed by both in its entirety.

Tensions escalated in the aftermath of a suicide attack in disputed Kashmir, with nine people killed Monday in a gunbattle that broke out as Indian soldiers scoured the area for militants. The Indian army claims to have killed two terrorists in the counter-operation. Pakistani officials say he has been linked to 1,345 deaths in acts of terrorism in Pakistan, making secret trips to the country from Iran.

Jadhav was arrested by Pakistan in March 2016 after he allegedly entered the country from Iran.

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