Pakistan has rejected accusation by Indian officials that the two militants who stormed a paramilitary camp near a cricket ground in Indian-controlled Kashmir Wednesday "seem to be from across the border, probably Pakistan."
Indian officials said that at least five security forces personnel were killed and eight others injured in the attack in Srinagar, the capital of Indian-controlled Kashmir. The security personnel killed the two militants.
Indian official pointed finger at Pakistani militants, the assertion dismissed by Pakistan's Foreign Ministry.
"Pakistan strongly rejects the remarks made by Indian Home Secretary R. K. Singh alleging that 'prima facie evidence suggests that the militants who attacked the members of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) were from across the border, they were probably from Pakistan," the Foreign Ministry said in a statement late Wednesday.
"We feel that this trend of making irresponsible statements and knee-jerk reactions by senior Indian government functionaries have the potential of undermining the efforts made by both sides to normalize relation between the two countries," the statement said.
"Pakistan, which is itself a victim of terrorism and has rendered immense sacrifices in its efforts against this menace, condemns such actions of terrorism in the strongest possible terms and calls upon the government of India to carry out a thorough investigation into the incident before leveling such accusations which are counterproductive and serve no purpose," it said.
"Pakistan remains committed to discussing and resolving all outstanding issues with India through a meaningful dialogue," it added.