The attack was claimed by a Pakistan-based militant group, Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM), and prompted a spike in tensions between nuclear-armed India and Pakistan. The chief of All-Pakistan Muslim League (APML), who is living in self-exile in the UAE, said he is ready to return to Pakistan as he sees the political environment in his country favourable.
Amid relentless sabre-rattling from New Delhi, the military reiterated that Pakistan's armed forces are fully prepared for a befitting response to any Indian aggression or misadventure.
Despite tensions between the nuclear-armed neighbors having reached risky levels following the deadly blast in Kashmir, a war between India and Pakistan is highly unlikely, former leaders of the two states have stressed. An emergency session of the Organisation for Islamic Cooperation's Kashmir-focused wing was also summoned on Pakistan's request. "Pakistan has deployed more troops along the borders and, at some of the places, even shifted the civilians", sources pointed out and said Pakistan side was completely frustrated following Indian Government's firm resolve to revenge the martyrdom of 44 CRPF jawans in Pulwama.
"As the security forces tightened the cordon, militants fired at them, triggering an encounter which has now ended", an officer said.
The series of calls by Mr. Qureshi followed a statement by Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, where he climbed down from his previous statement on retaliating with force to any attack from India. The identity of the deceased militants was being ascertained, they said.
The attack has since been widely condemned, with the United States telling Pakistan to cease providing support and a safe haven to terrorists and terrorist outfits. Pakistan has demanded that it provide proof to back its claim.
But what is interesting to note is, the release issued by Pakistan's Ministry of foreign affairs (MOFA) on the same conversations makes no mention of terror.
The Foreign Secretary briefed the Malaysian Secretary General on current situation in Indian-Occupied Jammu and Kashmir and Indian belligerence which is a threat to peace and security.
She said the EU's policy has always been to promote a dialogue between the two nations to sort out differences.