Islamabad apprises envoys of Pakistan’s stance on Pulwama assault, Delhi’s ‘knee-jerk’ response

Islamabad apprises envoys of Pakistan's stance on Pulwama attack, Delhi's 'knee-jerk' reaction

International Secretary Tehmina Janjua on Sunday briefed envoys from African and Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) member states on Islamabad’s place relating to the current lethal assault focusing on Indian safety forces in occupied Kashmir’s Pulwama space, and New Delhi’s “knee-jerk” response of blaming Pakistan and threatening it.

On Thursday, no less than 44 Indian paramilitary troops had been killed in Indian-occupied Kashmir’s Pulwama space within the deadliest assault on safety forces within the valley since 2002. The assault, surpassing one in 2016 when 19 troopers died, noticed explosives packed inside a van rip by means of buses in a convoy of 78 autos carrying some 2,500 members of the paramilitary Central Reserve Police Pressure (CRPF).

Indian media stories claimed that Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) had claimed duty for the assault. The attacker was recognized as a Kashmiri youth named Aadil Ahmad Dar who had used greater than 750 kilos of explosives to focus on the navy convoy.

Indian navy commander Lt Gen DS Hooda, who had led the Indian military’s Northern Command throughout an analogous disaster in September 2016, mentioned it’s not attainable to carry such a large quantity of explosives into the world “by infiltrating the border”. He instructed the New York Instances on Saturday that “the fabric might have been taken from stashes of explosives” getting used to broaden the Jammu freeway the place the assault occurred.

Shortly after the assault, Islamabad had strongly condemned the violence and rejected any insinuation that sought to hyperlink it to Pakistan with out investigation.

On Friday, Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley alleged there was “incontrovertible proof” of Pakistan “having a direct hand on this grotesque terrorist incident” hours earlier than a staff of investigators from India’s Nationwide Investigation Company had reached the positioning of the assault. He additionally vowed that each one measures could be taken to make sure Pakistan’s full diplomatic isolation.

Shortly after, India took a number of punitive financial measures, together with the withdrawal of ‘Most Favoured Nation’ commerce standing and elevating customs responsibility on all imports from Pakistan to 200 per cent, which is predicted to have an effect on the $2 billion bilateral commerce. India has additionally determined to extend strain on the Monetary Motion Job Pressure (FATF) to get Pakistan blacklisted over alleged hyperlinks with the JeM.

‘A well-known sample of blame’
Janjua, in right now’s interplay with envoys belonging to SCO states, “recalled a well-known sample of India blaming Pakistan immediately after such incidents with none investigation”, the International Workplace spokesman Dr Mohammad Faisal tweeted.

The overseas secretary additionally briefed resident ambassadors from African states. The International Workplace tweeted “deliberate anti-Pakistan frenzy is being spurred in India”.

“Baseless Indian allegations and aggressive rhetoric are counterproductive and a risk to regional peace,” Dr Faisal warned.A day earlier, the overseas secretary had taken envoys from the European Union and non-permanent members of the United Nations Safety Council, on board to clear Islamabad’s place over the Indian marketing campaign in opposition to it.
Pakistan on Saturday warned the worldwide group that India may resort to navy adventurism within the aftermath of the assault and requested Delhi to analyze the tragedy earlier than passing on the blame and share “actionable proof” in order that the matter might be pursued.

Indian Exterior Affairs Ministry spokesman Raveesh Kumar, nonetheless, has rejected Pakistani requires a probe into the assault earlier than blaming Pakistan, saying: “The demand for an investigation is preposterous when there’s a video of the suicide bomber declaring himself a member of the Jaish-e-Muhammad. There are additionally different audio-visual and print supplies linking JeM to the terrorist assault. Now we have, due to this fact, little question that the declare is firmly established.”

International Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi in an interview yesterday mentioned that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi had two choices: both to use the state of affairs to his personal benefit in view of the upcoming normal elections or to behave like a statesman who has imaginative and prescient for the betterment of his nation and the area.

“One is to behave like a typical politician and stage his reactions and coverage whereas maintaining a tally of the subsequent election. Alternatively, he has the choice of being a statesman who thinks about his area, his nation’s poverty, the betterment of his nation, in addition to regional betterment,” he mentioned.

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