Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi offered condolences to the Indian government and nation and the families of victims of the terrorist attack, according to the Foreign Ministry’s official website.
“As a country that has been a victim of terrorism and has taken major and effective steps to root out terrorist groups in the West Asia region and has paid heavy costs and is resolved to keep up this path with strong determination, we believe using such bloody and inhumane methods by any group, with any motive, and under any name is unacceptable,” the spokesman underlined.
At least 40 paramilitary troops were killed on Thursday as explosives packed in a van ripped through a convoy which was bringing 2,500 troopers back from leave, not far from the main city Srinagar, police said.
The Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad group said it was behind the attack.
On Friday, New Delhi accused Islamabad of harboring militants behind one of the deadliest attacks in three decades of bloodshed in Indian-administered Kashmir.
Kashmir has been split between India and Pakistan since independence from Britain in 1947, with both nuclear-armed countries, which have fought three wars, claiming it as their own.
Jaish-e-Mohammed is largely considered to be one of the most active Pakistan-backed terrorist groups fighting in Kashmir.
India’s Foreign Ministry said that the head of Jaish-e-Mohammed, Masood Azhar, “has been given full freedom by Pakistan to operate and expand his terror infrastructure in territories under the control of Pakistan and to carry out attacks in India and elsewhere with impunity.”
“I want to tell the terrorist groups and their masters that they have committed a big mistake. They have to pay a heavy price,” Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Friday after an emergency cabinet meeting.
Islamabad, however, hit back at the suggestion.
“We strongly reject any insinuation by elements in the Indian media and government that seek to link the attack to Pakistan without investigations,” the Pakistani Foreign Ministry said.