Two suspected masterminds of Kashmir bombing killed in clash

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The responsibility for the attack was claimed by Jaish e Mohammad (JeM), a militant outfit based in Pakistan, and carried out by a 22-year-old militant from south Kashmir.

A senior Indian military official in Kashmir, Lt. Gen. K.J.S. Dhillon, on Tuesday told reporters that Indian forces killed the chief of the Jaish-e-Mohammed militant group behind Monday's gunbattle and last week's suicide bombing. "But if at all these are serious, please make note of one thing clearly that Pakistan will not think of retaliating, it will retaliate".

It said there had been no progress in the Pakistani investigation into the 2008 attacks in Mumbai blamed on another Pakistani Islamist militant group.

Mr Khan said: "I have an offer for the Indian government, if you have any actionable evidence, share it with us and we will take action".

Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi pleaded on Tuesday with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres to intervene in the escalating row.

Friday's attack came a day before Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman was expected to arrive in Islamabad with billions of dollars in investment to help the fledgling economy. "India must be asked to conduct an open and credible investigation on Pulwama incident".

Pakistan has recalled its ambassador from New Delhi for consultations amid growing tensions between the two nuclear-armed neighbors, the Foreign Office in Islamabad said on February 18. And we will take action not because of [external] pressure, but because these people would be enemies of Pakistan.

India and Pakistan each administer part of Kashmir, but both claim the Muslim-majority region in its entirety.

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A suicide attack in Indian-controlled Kashmir last week left 40 paramilitary troopers killed.

Additionally, he spoke to the Aaj Tak Hindi news this week, saying that the "Indian team is powerful enough to win the World Cup without playing Pakistan".

India and Pakistan have cross-border tensions and conflict between the two countries gets heated on and off the sports fields.

"Certainly there are no indications any of the matches, including the Pakistan-India match, will not be played as planned at the World Cup".

"The United Nations must step in to defuse tensions", wrote Qureshi in a message shared with journalists.

"We are at a risky moment, and authorities must do everything they can to uphold the rule of law", said Aakar Patel, head of Amnesty India. Its leader has been in "protective custody" since another attack in 2016, but still regularly releases audio messages to followers. On Friday, US National Security Adviser John Bolton telephoned his Indian counterpart Ajit Doval to convey US support for "India's right to self-defence against cross-border terrorism".

The AJK president went on to say that India has adopted a despotic attitude towards Kashmiris for the past 71 years and now it is extending the same to Indian Muslims and Pakistan.

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