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    Indian Foreign Secretary summoned Pakistani ambassador on Wednesday amid recent attack in India's Jammu and Kashmir, the Ministry of External Affairs said in a press release.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Indian Foreign Secretary Subrahmanyam Jaishankar summoned Pakistani ambassador Abdul Basit on Wednesday in the wake of the recent attack on the army brigade headquarters in India's state of Jammu and Kashmir, allegedly carried out by militants that crossed from Pakistan, the Ministry of External Affairs said in a press release.

    "Foreign Secretary Dr. Jaishankar called in the High Commissioner of Pakistan Mr. Abdul Basit today and reminded him that the Government of Pakistan had made a solemn commitment in January 2004 to not allow its soil or territory under its control to be used for terrorism against India… The latest terrorist attack in Uri only underlines that the infrastructure of terrorism in Pakistan remains active. We demand that Pakistan lives up to its public commitment to refrain from supporting and sponsoring terrorism against India," the press release read.

    According to the ministry, there were 17 attempts to cross the border in 2016 in order to carry attacks on the Indian soil which resulted in death of 31 militants. The Indian government pledged to provide Pakistan with evidences "if the Government of Pakistan wishes to investigate these cross-border attacks."

    Four militants reportedly crossed from Pakistan into India-administered northern Kashmir territory early Sunday and attacked the Indian base in Uri, killing 18 servicemen.

    Both countries have been laying claims to Kashmir since 1947. The recent escalation started in July after Indian security forces killed Burhan Wani, a renowned separatist commander.


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