The Sena, an ally of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) at the Centre, said it was time to "attack" Pakistan to seek revenge for the killing of soldiers, adding that the PM's assurance of taking the perpetrators of the Pulwama terror strike to task should reflect in his actions.
At least four Indian soldiers and a civilian were also killed during Monday's clashes, police said. News Nation covers breaking news, latest news, entertainment news, bollywood news, business news and sports news.
Their convoy was attacked by a JeM on a highway in the Pulwama district.
The spokesperson went on to say that Pakistan has reminded India that bluster, belligerence and pursuit of expedient standards to suit internal political interests is both delusional and counterproductive, adding that India must come out of the denial mode, end state repression against Kashmiri youth, address widespread alienation in Occupied Kashmir and pursue the path of dialogue.
We have called back our HIgh Commissioner in India for consultations.
Kashmir has been split between India and Pakistan since independence from Britain in 1947. "While fighting these militants three army troopers and an officer of the rank of major were also killed".
The attack on Thursday, in which a vehicle packed with explosives was driven by a 20-year-old Kashmiri claiming to be a member of the Pakistan-based militant group Jaish-e-Mohammed, was the worst in decades of insurgency in the disputed area. Pakistan has denied all involvement.
The attack comes at a sensitive time - India heads into into national elections in less than two months, and it has put the Indian leader under pressure to take punitive action against Pakistan.
"We are at a risky moment, and authorities must do everything they can to uphold the rule of law", said Aakar Patel, head of Amnesty India.
"Instead of simply blaming other countries, especially Pakistan and China, shouldn't the Indian government make more self-introspection on its anti-terrorism policy and dwell more on how to better administer (Jammu and) Kashmir?"
The Indian chapter of the human rights group Amnesty International urged India's federal and state governments to "ensure that ordinary Kashmiri women and men do not face targeted attacks, harassment and arbitrary arrests" following Thursday's suicide bombing.