Shootout On Kashmir Highway: India Briefs Foreign Envoys

Forces personnel inspect the site of encounter at Nagrota Ban toll plaza in Jammu | File photo

New Delhi: Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla on Monday briefed a group of foreign envoys, including from the US, Russia and France on the planned militant attack by Pakistan-based militant group JeM in Nagrota in Jammu which was foiled by state forces on November 19, sources said.

These heads of missions were provided with a comprehensive “information docket” giving the details of the incident, and also a list of items and ammunition recovered from militants, clearly indicating their Pakistani origins.

They were also briefed on how the militants got into India which is now clear through the discovery of an underground tunnel in the Samba sector in Jammu and Kashmir, sources said.

It was shared with the heads of missions how preliminary investigations by the police and intelligence authorities led India to believe that the militants who had planned the attacks in Nagrota belonged to Pakistan-based Jaish-e- Mohammad, a militant organisation proscibed by the UN, they added.

It is learnt that the envoys of the US, Russia, France and Japan were among those who were part of the briefing.

The envoys were briefed about markings on the recovered AK47 rifles and other items, sources said.

The foreign secretary also briefed the envoys about the possible implications of these planned attacks on security, diplomacy and the battle against militancy, they said.

Four suspected JeM militants, who were hiding in a truck, were killed by state forces near Nagrota in an encounter on Thursday morning after which the government asserted that a major attack was foiled by the Indian forces.

Pak Summons Indian Diplomat

Earlier Pakistan on Monday summoned a senior Indian diplomat to register its protest over alleged ceasefire violations by Indian forces along the Line of Control (LoC).

According to Foreign Office (FO), the indiscriminate and unprovoked firing by the Indian forces” in the Khuiratta sector of the LoC on Sunday resulted in the death of 11 civilians.

The FO alleged that India has committed over 2,820 ceasefire violations this year resulting in 26 deaths and serious injuries to 245 civilians.

The Indian side was called upon to respect the 2003 Ceasefire Understanding; investigate this and other such incidents of ceasefire violations and maintain peace along the LoC and the Working Boundary, it said in a statement.

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