Stop blaming China, Pakistan: Chinese media to India

"Without solid evidence, India has long accused Pakistan of sponsoring terrorist attacks by JeM and other militant groups and China of providing uncritical support for Pakistan", the article stated.

The government in Islamabad has denied any link to the attack last week.

Forensic and security officials stand next to the wreckage of a bus after a suicide bombing in Lethpora in south Kashmir's Pulwama district, February 15, 2019.

Adel Al Jubeir, Saudi minister of state for foreign affairs, said: "Our objective is to try to de-escalate tensions between the two countries, neighbouring countries, and to see if there is a path forward to resolving those differences peacefully".

Following the militant attack in India-occupied Kashmir's Pulwama area last week, tensions between India and Pakistan are once again running high.

Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan Ajay Bisaria has already been called to New Delhi for consultations in the wake of the attack.

It was the deadliest militant attack in Indian Kashmir since the Himalayan region was gripped by a violent separatist insurgency three decades ago.

Pakistan says the strikes never took place.

As the forces were zeroing in and firing warning shots, the militants opened fire, triggering a gunfight in which four servicemen including an army major were killed, a police official told the local media. "Cannot say now whether we will play Pakistan in the World Cup as it's too far but our policy and position is very clear, we will wait for the government's decision", he added. No "civilian movement" will be permitted in the future when such convoys pass, Sharma said.

"The Northern Command of the army tweeted its tribute to the officer and soldiers, saying: ".salute the supreme sacrifice of our courageous officer and soldiers and offer deepest condolences to the families".

"As we witness killing of our loved ones and shoulder their coffins each day, we can feel and understand the pain and sense of loss that the family and friends of those who are killed go through", read the joint statement. While the diplomatic retaliation has already ensued, according to security observers, a military retaliation can not be ruled out either.

"Enough is enough, India wants action".

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, facing an election that must be held by May, is under domestic pressure for decisive action against Pakistan.

New Delhi demanded that Pakistan "stop supporting terrorists and terror groups" who use Pakistan as a base and "dismantle the infrastructure operated by terrorist outfits to launch attacks in other countries". Will war with Pakistan at this juncture help him retain the chair?

  • Tracy Klein