NEW DELHI: India on Saturday summoned the Charge d’Affaires of the Pakistan High Commission and lodged a strong protest a day after intelligence inputs revealed that Pakistan-based terrorists will try and disrupt the upcoming local elections in Jammu and Kashmir.
In an official statement issued by the ministry of external affairs, the government said that it is “firmly and resolutely committed to take all necessary measures to safeguard its national security in the fight against terrorism.”
The ministry of external affairs said a protest was lodged with Pakistan’s charge d’affaires in New Delhi.
“India reiterated its longstanding demand that Pakistan fulfil its international obligations and bilateral commitments to not allow any territory under its control to be used for terrorism against India in any manner,” the ministry said in a statement.
The summon came a day after intelligence inputs warned that members of Pakistan-based terrorist organisation Jaish-e-Muhammed are planning “something big” to disrupt the District Development Council polls in Jammu and Kashmir.
On Thursday morning, four terrorists were gunned down by security forces in Jammu’s Nagrota region. A huge cache of arms and ammunition along with several incriminating pieces of evidence, tracing their origins to Pakistan, were recovered.
The discovery led Prime Minister Narendra Modi to directly name “Pakistan-based terrorist organisation Jaish-e-Muhammad” behind efforts to wreak major havoc and destruction to “target grassroots level democratic exercises in Jammu & Kashmir”.
The Prime Minister on Friday reviewed the situation in J&K in the light of what is seen as a Pakistan-inspired plot to create mayhem. The meeting was attended by home minister Amit Shah, NSA Ajit Doval, foreign secretary as well as top officials of the intelligence establishment.
According to reports, the Intelligence Bureau chief briefed PM Modi on inputs suggesting that the four Jaish terrorists killed in an encounter on Thursday were planning something big for the forthcoming DDC elections in Jammu and Kashmir.
After the review, the Prime Minister took to social media to highlight the efforts by Pakistan-based terror outfits to target grassroots-level democracy in J&K and commend the security forces for thwarting these plans.
Neutralising of 4 terrorists belonging to Pakistan-based terrorist organisation Jaish-e-Mohammed and the presence o… https://t.co/I29o77GxSU
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) 1605866869000
Our security forces have once again displayed utmost bravery and professionalism. Thanks to their alertness, they h… https://t.co/dSDW3SvuY4
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) 1605866927000
His tweets were seen as aimed against Pakistan’s ISI which uses jihadi terror outfits like Jaish and Lashkar to hurt India.
The first phase of DDC elections is scheduled for November 28 and the eighth and last one on December 19. The results of elections to 280 seats — 14 each in the 20 districts — are to be declared on December 22.
(With inputs from agencies)