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Pakistan 'Warns' India Against Surgical Strikes to Avenge Sunjuwan Attack

Indian army soldiers stand guard outside an army camp after militants attacked the camp, in Jammu. (Reuters)

Indian army soldiers stand guard outside an army camp after militants attacked the camp, in Jammu. (Reuters)

India said the heavily armed attackers were members of the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) militant group, but Islamabad has denied responsibility.

Srinagar: Pakistan has asked India to refrain from cross-border strikes after the Indian government found that Pakistan-based group Jaish-e-Mohammad was responsible for the attack on an army camp Jammu's Sunjuwan, in which soldiers and their families were targeted.

Saturday's attack on the camp near Jammu was the worst in months, with five soldiers and the father of one of the soldiers killed and women and children among the ten wounded.

The government has said that the heavily armed attackers were members of the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) militant group. Pakistan, however, has denied responsibility and said India should not rush to judgment without a full inquiry.

"It is a well-established pattern that Indian officials begin making irresponsible statements and levelling unfounded allegations, even before any proper investigation in an incident has been initiated," Pakistan's foreign ministry said in a statement.

India, it said, was making these allegations to divert attention from its brutality in trying to control Kashmir. "We hope that the international community would urge India to stop the untold atrocities and gross violations of human rights in Kashmir and refrain from any misadventure across the Line of Control..." it said.

Jammu and Kashmir DGP SP Vaid told reporters over the weekend that they had communications intercepts pointing to the JeM. The army said the attackers wore fatigues and had assault rifles, a grenade launcher and grenades.

In 2016, India said its elite troops had crossed the Line of Control into Pakistan and carried out a raid on militants after 18 soldiers were killed in an attack on an Indian army base in Uri, Kashmir.

Pakistan denies giving material aid to the terrorists in Kashmir and says it only provides diplomatic and moral support to the Kashmiri people in their struggle for self-determination. On Monday, Indian soldiers foiled an attack on another camp in Srinagar.

first published:February 12, 2018, 15:23 IST