India could attack, says Pakistan; Delhi hears terror call

Minnie Murray
April 9, 2019

"The goal of such a sinister plan is to put diplomatic pressure on Pakistan", he added. "As per wishes of the nation and the global laws, Pakistan will, however, respond effectively", he asserted.

"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".

He said Pakistan acted maturely and responsibly after the February 26 aggression of India and made honest efforts to deescalate the situation.

He said India was the biggest threat to peace in the South Asia while Pakistan continued its efforts for peace and resolution of all outstanding issues through dialogue, adding that our desire for peace should not be deemed a weakness.

Following a suicide bomb attack that left over 40 Indian security personnel dead in Kashmir, India conducted airstrikes against a Jaish-e-Mohammed facility in Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province on February 26.

He said the Indian action would have impact on peace and stability of the region.

The minister said Foreign Office has already shared its concerns with diplomats of P-5 countries.

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has denied his country had any role in the attack.

"The worldwide community, given the sensitivity of this flashpoint, should not remain silent", he stated, adding that the global community should and would have to play their role in this regard.

India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) - which Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has previously blamed for igniting "hysteria" - is now running for reelection in India.

The governor said unprovoked shelling on the civilian population by the Indian army across the Line of Control (LoC) was a cowardly act of terrorism, urging the United Nations and other global institutions to take notice of the act.

Later, the Pakistani Cabinet constituted a 10-member Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (PSGPC) to facilitate Sikh pilgrims after opening of the Kartarpur corridor. But the IAF pilot who shot down the plane, Abhinandan Varthaman, was captured by Pakistan and released only after behind-the-scene manoeuvring by the worldwide community.

Pakistan's Ministry of External Affairs said there were two more ceasefire violations on April 1 and 2.

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