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Pakistan Issues Statement On Dastardly Pulwama Terror Attack On CRPF, Brazenly Slips In 'Indian Occupied Kashmir' Mention

Written By Ankit Prasad | Mumbai | Published:

Pakistan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs has issued a statement on the Pak-based Jaish-e-Mohammad's dastardly terror attack on a CRPF convoy in Pulwama, J&K, as a result of which 37 CRPF jawans have been martyred and five others are receiving treatment for their injuries. 

The statement begins by calling the location of the attack 'Indian Occupied Kashmir' reads as follows:

‘Attack in Pulwama in Indian Occupied Kashmir is a matter of grave concern.

We have always condemned acts of violence anywhere in the world.

We strongly reject any insinuation by elements in the Indian media and government that seek to link the attack to Pakistan without investigations.’

Pakistan's words come across as hollow as ever, seeing as the Jaish-e-Mohammed had already claimed responsibility for the attack shortly after it took place. Home Minister Rajnath Singh said the following:

"The attack was carried out by Pakistan backed Jaish-e-Mohammed. A strong reply will be given and I assure the people of the country this. We will leave no stone unturned to get to the bottom of this attack. CRPF is a brave security force of India. Time and again, they have sacrificed for the nation. No amount of praise can define their effort to maintain peace in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. The nation salutes their sacrifice and stands with the family of the martyrs."

The attack had taken place as a convoy of 70 CRPF vehicles was making its way towards Srinagar, and was targeted by a car packed with over 100 kg explosives. The attack left a scene of utter devastation across the Jammu-Srinagar highway, which has since been closed for traffic. It is, as such, the worst ever terror attack on the forces and has drawn condemnation from across the world, with the US House of Representatives slamming Pakistan for harbouring terrorist groups on its soil. 

Update:

Half an hour after its first statement, Pakistan has issued an updated statement where 'Indian Occupied Kashmir' has been changed to 'Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir':

 

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