Amnesty International urges India to ensure safety of Kashmiris after Pulwama attack


Indian Army's General Officer Commanding of the Srinagar-based 15 Corps Lt. Gen. K.J.S. Dhillon, center, speaks as Inspector General of Police Swayam Prakash Pani, left, and Inspector General of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) operation Zulfiqar Hassan sit by his side during a joint press conference in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019.

In reaction to the attack, India also withdrew the Most Favoured Nation status it had accorded to Pakistan.

Masood Azhar, the leader of the group who was released from Indian custody in 1999 in return for the passengers of a hijacked Indian plane, has since been living in Pakistan. Pakistani Foreign Secretary Termina Janjua said on Saturday that New Delhi's campaign was part of its "known rhetoric and tactics" to divert global attention from its human right violations in Kashmir.

He stated that "All this attack Pakistan talk is all keeping elections in mind".

International Cricket Council chief executive David Richardson expressed sympathy over the attack in Kashmir last Thursday, which saw a suicide bomber ram an explosives-laden auto into a military convoy.

The fate of the attackers is unknown as Indian forces continue to search the area.

Tensions between the nuclear-armed rivals soared following the attack.

Four Indian soldiers and a policeman were killed, while nine troops were wounded, including a brigadier, one of the army's top roles, and a deputy inspector general of police. "If you have any actionable intelligence that Pakistanis are involved, give that to us, I guarantee you that we will take action", Khan said. "Attributing it to Pakistan even before investigations is absurd".

Khan, noting the calls for revenge, said he hoped "better sense will prevail", while issuing his own warning.

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The Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) militant group claimed the attack.

Harbhajan said India doesn't need to revive any sort of sporting ties with Pakistan as a mark of respect for the martyred CRPF Jawans.

The South Asian neighbours have fought three wars since independence from Britain in 1947, two of them over Kashmir.

India, one of the World Cup favourites, would at the very least forfeit the match points if they boycott the group game to be played in Manchester.

The already sour relations between India and Pakistan have worsened over the past week as New Delhi piled blame on Islamabad for the Pulwama attack.

At the same time, Pakistan has a vital role to play in nudging the Afghan Taliban towards peace in Afghanistan in talks with USA officials that have raised significant hopes for an end to America's longest war.

JeM chief Masood Azhar is in Pakistan and India has been calling for him being tagged a designated global terrorist by the UN.

"Things have been so tense between India and Pakistan for the past few months that the room for error is literally zero", said Yusuf.

"Within 100 hours of the Pulwama terror attack, we hit the JeM in the Kashmir Valley which was being handled by the Pakistan-based JeM", Dhillon said. Pakistan's leadership has strongly refuted the allegations.