A top Indian military official in disputed Kashmir on Tuesday accused the Pakistani army and its spy agency for involvement in the last week's deadly vehicle bombing.
Masood Azhar, the leader of the group who was released from Indian custody in 1999 in return for the passengers of a hijacked Indian plane, has since been living in Pakistan.
SRINAGAR, India - Four Indian soldiers and a civilian were killed in a gun battle in disputed Kashmir on Monday, a police official said, as India launched a hunt for suspected members of an Islamist militant group that killed 44 Indian paramilitary police last week.
New Delhi described Khan's offer as a "lame excuse".
Lieutenant-General K.J.S. Dhillon, the Indian commander in Kashmir, accused Pakistan's main Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) spy agency of "controlling" those behind the Thursday bombing and warned of retribution.
Fighting has continued in Indian-controlled Kashmir after the bomb attack as Indian security forces have conducted security sweeps and searched door-to-door for the culprits.
Tensions between the nuclear-armed rivals soared following the attack.
Among the Indian soldiers killed was an army major, police and military officials said.
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"I hope better sense will prevail", he added.
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India and Pakistan each administer a part of Kashmir, but both claim the Himalayan territory in its entirety.
Moreover, two colleges in Dehradun and one in Moradabad reported to have stated that they would not admit new Kashmiri students.
Kashmir is one of the world's most militarized zones, with some 500,000 Indian troops deployed to fight a rebellion that broke out in 1989.
The All India Cine Workers Association called for a "total ban" on Pakistanis working in India's film industry, though they have been largely blacklisted from Bollywood since a similar attack in Kashmir in 2016 in which 19 soldiers died.
At the same time, Pakistan has a vital role to play in nudging the Afghan Taliban towards peace in Afghanistan in talks with US officials that have raised significant hopes for an end to America's longest war.
"India accused Pakistan without any evidence and without thinking how this [attack] would benefit us", he stated.
India's Ministry of External Affairs said it had no comment on Pakistan's letter to the United Nations.
While offering an investigation, Khan also said Pakistan would retaliate if attacked over the bombing, claimed by a Pakistan-based group, which killed at least 41 Indian paramilitaries.
Indian lawyer Harish Salve told judges at the International Court of Justice that Pakistan's claims of espionage and sabotage against Kulbhushan Jadhav have "always been strong on rhetoric and blurry on facts".
Jaish-e-Mohammed is outlawed in Pakistan but thought to operate from safe havens there.
Singh also applauded the support of virtually all establishment parties for a military move against Pakistan.