Pakistan rejects charges, denies any link with Pulwama attack

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The scale of this terror strike has exceeded even that of the Uri attack on September 2016

At least 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel in Jammu and Kashmir were killed when the two buses they were travelling on became the target of a suicide bombing.

He further said India has chose to "completely isolate" Pakistan diplomatically and stressed that the external affairs ministry, led by Sushma Swaraj, will not leave any stone unturned in this effort.

"While it's heartening to see that a wide swath of the global community is unequivocally condemning the attack, such statements of solidarity must be backed up by actions which help bring to an end the ability of such terrorist groups to kill with impunity and destabilize the region", the foundation said.

The attack is bound to raise tensions in South Asia in part because it comes in the lead up to India's general elections due by May, said Alyssa Ayres, a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and former USA deputy assistant secretary of state for South Asia between 2010 and 2013.

Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik accused Pakistan of guiding the attack.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said it was a "despicable" and "dastardly" attack.

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New Delhi further said that it would take all possible diplomatic steps to ensure the "complete isolation" of Pakistan after a suicide attack in occupied Kashmir killed at least 44 security personnel. It is also the worst attack carried out by militants after the one on the Uri Army camp on September 18, 2016 left 19 soldiers dead - forcing New Delhi to launch "surgical strikes" on terrorist camps in Pakistan.

IGP Kashmir SP Pani said that it was a gruesome militant attack, and the investigations have been taken up. Pakistan denied any involvement.

The terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir occurred even as an intelligence input had warned of its the possibility 48 hours earlier. "France has always been and always will be by India's side in the fight against terrorism in all its forms", he said.

An Islamist group called Jaish-e-Mohammad, which is aligned to Al Qaeda and the Pakistani Taliban, claimed responsibility. "The government has given full freedom to the security forces to act as they see fit". It was blamed for a 2001 attack on the Indian parliament that led to India deploying its military on the border with Pakistan.

Arun Jaitley, a senior minister in Modi's cabinet, said India would retaliate, tweeting that "terrorists will be given unforgettable lesson for their heinous act".

Videos from the blast site showed smoke billowing from the remains of the CRPF vehicle, while bodies lay strewn across the road. Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Mohammad Yasin Malik, the Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front, and Hurriyat leader Mukhtar Ahmad Waza, today, visited SMHS hospital in Srinagar to enquire about the health condition of the injured students.

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