Pulwama aftermath: Pakistan recalls envoy for 'consultations', follows India's footsteps
Days after India recalled its ambassador from Islamabad for consultations after the Pulwama attack, Pakistan did the same on Monday. Sohail Mehmood, Pakistan's ambassador to India, took a flight back home earlier today, a statement from the foreign office revealed. "We have called back our High Commissioner in India for consultations," tweeted Dr. Mohammad Faisal, the official spokesperson of Pakistan's foreign office. Here's more.
We have called back our HIgh Commissioner in India for consultations.— Dr Mohammad Faisal (@ForeignOfficePk) February 18, 2019
He left New Delhi this morning .
In the vile Pulwama attack, for which Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed took responsibility, India lost 40 CRPF personnel. The entire nation went to mourning and government swung to action. On Friday, Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale summoned Mehmood to lodge a stern diplomatic protest. After the attack, the foreign ministry released a strong-worded statement berating Pakistan for giving full freedom to outfits like JeM.
"This terror group (JeM) is led by the Masood Azhar, who has been given full freedom by Government of Pakistan to operate and expand his terror infrastructure in territories under the control of Pakistan and to carry out attacks in India," the statement read.
Following India's footsteps in diplomacy, Pakistan summoned Ajay Bisaria, India's ambassador to the country, on Friday. Reports claimed Pakistan expressed concerns on India's allegations and denied any complicity in the attack. Later, India asked Bisaria to return home for consultations. When he was asked for how long he will be in the country, Bisaria had said he didn't know.
Despite JeM's confession, Pakistan has chosen to remain ignorant. While the country's Prime Minister Imran Khan hasn't released any statement, whatsoever, his ministers have been parroting the same standard reply. Pakistan minister Fawad Chaudhry claimed it was wrong to blame Pakistan for everything. Separately, foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said no one can browbeat Pakistan and asked India to give proofs to support theories.
"Knee-jerk reaction from India is saddening. Blame-game achieved nothing in the past, and will not achieve anything now. If India has any evidence, it should share that with Pakistan, and we will investigate," Qureshi reportedly said.