Indian high commissioner to Pakistan returns to Islamabad

Indian high commissioner to Pakistan returns to Islamabad

Indian high commissioner to Pakistan returns to Islamabad

The moves come after the two countries recalled their diplomats for consultations as tensions flared after a February 14 suicide attack on a convoy of Indian paramilitary soldiers in Pulwama in the Indian-held portion Kashmir that killed 40 soldiers.

Rajnath Singh's comment comes just weeks after the Indian military launched an air strike against suspected terrorist training camps on the Pakistani side of the border in Kashmir, with Islamabad accusing New Delhi of violating the country's territorial integrity and sovereignty.

The Indian Ministry of External Affairs said Bisaria will be returning to Islamabad as he has completed his consultations in New Delhi. Meanwhile, Islamabad accuses New Delhi of violently oppressing pro-Pakistan separatists who are fighting for independence or in favor of a merger with Pakistan.

Last week, Pakistan and India both carried out reciprocal air bombing operations in Kashmir, marking an escalation of periodic clashes along the LOC not seen in decades but that appeared to be easing in recent days with Islamabad's return of a captured Indian pilot.

One such attack in Indian-controlled Kashmir on February 14, claimed by the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) Pakistan-based group, killed 40 Indian paramilitary police and led to clashes between the nuclear-armed rivals as India retaliated. "It has demonstrated our firm resolve to take decisive action against cross border terrorism", he said.

India accuses Pakistan of backing Islamic terrorists in Kashmir.

On Wednesday, Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Quereshi attributed the easing of tensions to private diplomacy from U.S. President Donald Trump's administration and countries like China and Russian Federation, the Press Trust of India (PTI) reported.

The prime minister said after the Uri attack in 2016, Indian soldiers conducted a surgical strike for the first time, teaching the terrorists a lesson in a language they understand.

The Indian spokesman said "the widespread presence of terrorist camps in Pakistan is public knowledge within and outside Pakistan".

He also said Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan had asked India to send evidence it has against any individuals.

Chaudhry also said Khan has invited India to take part in a joint investigation and negotiations, but there had been no response from the Indian side.

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