Pak must take action against JeM: India

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New Delhi, Feb 19: Stepping up attack against Pakistan on its double standard on militancy, India on Tuesday described its western neighbour as “the nerve center of terrorism” and said if Prime Minister Imran Khan was serious about crushing the menace, his government should take action against Jaish-e-Mohammad and its leader Masood Azhar.
“It is a well-known fact that Jaish-e-Mohammad and its leader Masood Azhar are based in Pakistan. These should be sufficient proof for Pakistan to take action,” an official statement from the Ministry of External Affairs here said.
The statement said – “Disclaiming any link between the militant attack and Pakistan is an oft-repeated excuse by Pakistan. The Pakistani Prime Minister has ignored claims made by the Jaish-e-Mohammad, as well as by the militant, who perpetrated this heinous crime”.
Ridiculing Pakistan Prime Minister’s repeated reference to ‘Naya Pakistan’ trying to denote changes, his regime has supposedly brought in last few months, the statement said – “In this “Naya Pakistan?, Ministers of the current Government publicly share platforms with terrorists like Hafeez Saeed who have been proscribed by the United Nations”.
The statement said – “Pakistan claims to be the greatest victim of terrorism. This is far from truth. The international community is well acquainted with the reality that Pakistan is the nerve center of militancy”.
It also referred to the Pakistani side demanding ‘proof’ and dismissed the fresh argument as a “lame excuse” and pointed out that – “In the horrific attack in Mumbai on 26/11, proof was provided to Pakistan. Despite this, the case has not progressed for the last more than 10 years. Likewise, on the attack on Pathankot airbase, there has been no progress”.
The statement also said – “Promises of “guaranteed action? ring hollow given the track record of Pakistan”.
“Pakistan’s Prime Minister has called for dialogue and expressed his readiness to talk about militancy. India has repeatedly stated that it is ready to engage in a comprehensive bilateral dialogue in an atmosphere free from terror and violence,” the statement said.