Srinagar attack: Pakistan slams India

Last Updated: Thu, Mar 14, 2013 08:30 hrs

Pakistan has slammed the Indian government for the accusations that the two terrorists responsible for the suicide attack on a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) camp in Srinagar's Benima area on Wednesday were Pakistani men.

"This trend of making irresponsible statements and knee-jerk reactions by senior Indian government functionaries has the potential of undermining the efforts made by both sides to normalise relations between the two countries," Pakistan´s Foreign Office said in a statement.

Condemning the attack in which five CRPF men were killed and seven were injured, Minister of State for Home Affairs RPN Singh had earlier said,"Prima facie evidence suggests that these militants were from across the border. They were probably from Pakistan."

Banned Kashmir-based terrorist organisation Hizbul Mujahideen has, however, claimed responsibility for the attack.

The two militants, who were dressed in cricket uniforms, were also killed.

The militants threw grenades and fired indiscriminately after they stormed into a CRPF camp.

The CRPF camp is located near a school.

Reacting to the attack and the allegations by the Indian government, the Pakistan government also rejected the accusations of beheading the two Indian jawans on Jan 8.

"Pakistan also rejects the statement made by Defence Minister AK Antony in the Rajya Sabha accusing the Special Services Group of Pakistan Army of beheading two Indian soldiers on the Line of Control on January 8," said the statement.

The statement said that Pakistan strongly condemns such attacks and has been a victim of such acts, adding that it had made "immense sacrifices in its efforts against this menace."

The statement asked the Indian government to carry out an investigation into the attack "before levelling such accusations which are counterproductive and serve no purpose", it said.

The statement also reminded India that they have agreed on "discussing and resolving all outstanding issues with India through a meaningful dialogue."

Earlier in a statement, Singh had expressed deep concern over this unfortunate incident in which five Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) jawans were killed.

He had also expressed his ´deep sympathies´ towards the bereaved families of the ´martyred´ CRPF jawans.

Reacting to the attack, Singh had earlier said prima facie evidence suggested that the militants came from Pakistan.

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