Qureshi claims India planning another attack against Pakistan

Qureshi claims India planning another attack against Pakistan

Islamabad, Apr 7: Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi Sunday claimed that his government has reliable intelligence that India is planning another attack against the country between April 16-20, according to a media report.
Tensions flared up between India and Pakistan after a suicide bomber of Jaish-e-Muhammed (JeM) killed 40 CRPF personnel in Kashmir’s Pulwama district on February 14.
Amid mounting outrage, the Indian Air Force (IAF) carried out an operation, hitting the “biggest JeM training camp” in Balakot, deep inside Pakistan on February 26. The next day, Pakistan Air Force retaliated and downed a MiG-21 in an aerial combat and captured an IAF pilot, who was handed over to India on March 1.
Qureshi during a press conference in Multan said that the government has “reliable intelligence that India is devising a new plan.”
“Preparations are being made, and there are chances of another attack against Pakistan. According to our information, the action could be taken between April 16-20,” Qureshi said.
“A new mishap could be staged…And its purpose will be to justify their [India’s] offensive against Pakistan and to increase diplomatic pressure against Islamabad,” he alleged.
“If it happens, you can imagine the impact of the occurrence on the peace and stability of the region.”
Qureshi said that Pakistan has already briefed the United Nations Security Council’s permanent members — over the issue and stated Pakistan’s apprehensions.
“We want the international community to take notice of this irresponsible behaviour and reprimand them [India] for taking this route,” he said.
Meanwhile, the government on Sunday rejected the “irresponsible and preposterous” statement made by Pakistan foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi that India is planning to attack Pakistan this month.
“India rejects the irresponsible and preposterous statement by the Foreign Minister of Pakistan with a clear objective of whipping up war hysteria in the region. This public gimmick appears to be a call to Pakistan-based militants to undertake a militant attack in India,” the ministry of external affairs said.
Responding to Qureshi’s claims, the government said it has been made clear to Pakistan that it cannot absolve itself of responsibility of a cross-border terrorist attack in India.
“No attempt at creating an alibi for its complicity in such attacks will succeed. Pakistan needs to take credible and irreversible steps against terrorism operating from all territories under its control rather than making hysterical statements to obfuscate the core issue that bedevils our region — cross-border terrorism. Pakistan has been advised to use established diplomatic and DGMO channels to share any actionable and credible intelligence it has about imminent terror attacks,” the MEA said.
It added that India reserves the right to respond firmly and decisively to any cross-border militant attack.