Amid growing bilateral tensions following the Pulwama terror attack on Thursday, Pakistan has called back its High Commissioner from India for "consultations", officials said on Monday. Pakistan High Commissioner to India Sohail Mahmood was on Friday summoned in New Delhi by Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale who lodged strong protest over the killing of 40 CRPF soldiers in Pulwama.
Senior officials in Islamabad said that Pakistan on Monday called back its envoy from India for consultations. Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan Ajay Bisaria was also called to New Delhi for consultations in the wake of the attack.
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Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Pakistan on Monday tweeted, "We have called back our High Commissioner in India for consultations. He left New Delhi this morning."
We have called back our HIgh Commissioner in India for consultations.— Dr Mohammad Faisal (@ForeignOfficePk) February 18, 2019
He left New Delhi this morning .
Forty Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel were killed in Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday when a Jaish-e-Mohammed suicide bomber rammed a vehicle carrying over 100 kg of explosives into their bus in Pulwama district. The bus was a part of a convoy of 78 vehicles carrying CRPF personnel from Jammu to Srinagar.
India has blamed Pakistan-backed Jaish-e-Mohammad terror group for the Pulwama terror attack on Thursday.