India's army said Tuesday it had killed the mastermind of a major suicide bomb attack in Kashmir which it blamed on Pakistan, as calls grew for reprisals over the deaths of more than 40 paramilitaries and soldiers.
The February 14 attack was claimed by Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) militant group but Qureshi insisted that "attributing it to Pakistan even before investigations is absurd".
Indian security forces intensified a crackdown in response to the deadliest attack on security forces in three decades of insurgency in the Muslim-majority region.
A police offcial told said that the cordon was laid in the area following credible inputs about the presence of some militants.
Claiming to have "incontrovertible evidence is available of (Pakistan) having a direct hand in this gruesome terrorist incident, " India has already taken diplomatic and economic actions aimed at "completely isolating" their former-favored trade partner.
Kashmir, a largely mountainous region located between India and Pakistan, has had a tumultuous history.
Pakistan has warned India against linking it to the attack without an investigation, saying that it was part of New Delhi's "known rhetoric and tactics" to divert global attention from human rights violations in Kashmir.
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India and Pakistan have not played a bilateral series since 2013, but continue to meet at ICC tournaments such as the World Cup and Champions Trophy. Thousands of young men and women have been killed and blinded in recent years due to lethal and non-lethal weapons used by Indian forces in Kashmir.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has promised an appropriate response to the attack. Control is split between the two countries but each claims the region in full.
The message of such small acts of celebration over perceived Pakistani humiliation is not edifying.
Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has urged the United Nations to take notice of Indian atrocities in occupied Kashmir in the aftermath of last week's attack in Pulwama.
"We demand that Pakistan stop supporting terrorists and terror groups operating from their territory and dismantle the infrastructure operated by terrorist outfits to launch attacks in other countries", an Indian Foreign Ministry statement said following Thursday's attack.
Television anchors positioned themselves as the most patriotic Indians of all, leading emotionally charged discussions about the pending "crushing" riposte to Pakistan. The Army was constantly briefing Defence Minister Nirmala Sithraman and other top officials on the situation in Jammu and Kashmir following the Pulwama attack.
The three militants killed in the clash on Monday were all Pakistani nationals and members of JeM, two security sources said. The Indian ruling elite has expressed dismay over a possible United States withdrawal from Afghanistan after any deal with Taliban, as it clearly sees this as an opportunity for its arch rival Pakistan to gain a major foothold there.