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India on Tuesday issued a strong demarche to Pakistan on the issue of cross-border terrorism emanating from the latter country. The message was issued following revelations by Bahadur Ali, a terrorist captured by the Indian Army after foiling an infiltration bid from Pakistan in which four infiltrators were killed in Naugam near the Line of Control (LoC) on July 26, which also happens to be the Kargil Vijay Diwas.

Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Vikas Swarup said on Tuesday that Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar summoned Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit to his office and issued the strong demarche that also contained mention of banned terrorist group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT). "Demarche made specific reference to LeT terrorist and Pak national Bahadur Ali who was apprehended recently [sic]," Swarup wrote on Twitter. 

Images of the letter that was delivered to Pakistan show extensive details Ali has provided during the interrogation. The letter reads: "Bahadur Ali has confessed to our authorities that after training in LeT camps, he was infiltrated into India. He was thereafter in touch with an 'operations room' of LeT, receiving instructions to attack Indian security personnel and carry out other terrorist attacks in India."

It adds: "The government of India strongly protests against the continued infiltration from Pakistan of terrorists with instructions to carry out attacks. This is contrary to assurances given by the Pakistani leaders at the highest level."

It also said: "Bahadur Ali, in a letter addressed to the Pakistan High Commissioner in New Delhi, has requested legal aid and assistance to meet his family."

The letter ends with the assurance from India: "We are prepared to grant the Pakistan High Commissioner consular access to Bahadur Ali."

The letter also mentions full antecedents of Bahadur Ali, briefing that he was born on Dec. 17, 1995, in Jia Bagga village in Lahore district of Punjab in Pakistan, and lists one of his aliases as Abu Saifullah.

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