India Vows “Isolation” Of Pakistan After Deadly Terrorist Attack
India has said it will ensure the "complete isolation" of Pakistan after a suicide bomber killed 46 soldiers in Indian-administered Kashmir,
Federal Minister Arun Jaitley said India would take "all possible diplomatic steps" to cut Pakistan off from the international community, report the BBC and
India accuses Pakistan of failing to act against the militant group which said it carried out the attack.
India said there was "incontrovertible evidence" that Pakistan had a "direct hand" in a bomb attack on a convoy that killed 37 paramilitary soldiers, belonging to the Central Reserve Police Force (CRFP), in Indian-administered Kashmir.
After a Cabinet Committee on Security meeting on Friday, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said in a statement that India would initiate "all possible diplomatic steps" to "ensure the complete isolation from the international community of Pakistan, of which incontrovertible evidence is available of having a direct hand in this gruesome terrorist incident."
President Donald Trump has called out Pakistan directly on the car-bomb attack on CRPF personnel by terrorists based there and declared that it will only strengthen efforts by India and the US to strengthen their cooperation in fighting terrorism,
"The United States condemns in the strongest terms the heinous terrorist attack by a Pakistan-based terrorist group that killed over 40 Indian paramilitary forces and wounded at least 44 others," Trump's Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders
Jaitley added that India would downgrade diplomatic relations by withdrawing its "most favored nation status" to Pakistan – a largely symbolic title.
This is the deadliest attack to hit the disputed region in decades.
Both India and Pakistan claim all of Muslim-majority Kashmir but only control parts of it.
Armed rebellion has been ongoing in Indian-administered Kashmir since the late 1980s and there has been an upturn in violence in recent years.
Thursday's attack took place in the Pulwama district – about 15 miles (25 kilometers) from Kashmir's capital, Srinagar.
The convoy, which was transporting members of the Central Reserve Police Force, was on the national highway when it was struck by the blast, said Muneer Khan, director general of police.