New Delhi: India rubbished Pakistan’s claims that an Indian submarine was detected by the Pakistan Navy on Tuesday while it was trying to enter its territorial waters. India claimed that Islamabad is trying to divert focus from its inaction against terror. Furthermore, India said that Pakistan is trying to avoid its own media attention and questions on the IAF airstrike that decimated JeM terror hideouts in Balakot across Line of Control ( LoC). Also Read - Nirav Modi's Extradition Approved by UK Home Minister Ahead of Boris Johnson's India Visit
“The Pakistan Navy used its specialised skills to ward off the submarine, successfully keeping it from entering Pakistani waters. The Indian submarine was not targeted keeping in view Pakistan’s policy of peace,” a Pakistan Navy spokesperson was quoted by ANI. Also Read - SA vs PAK Live Streaming Cricket 4th T20I: Preview, Squads, Prediction - Where to Watch South Africa vs Pakistan Stream Live Cricket Online on Disney Hotstar App, TV Telecast on Star Sports
Apparently, Pakistan also released footage of the same but India thwarted the video of the submarine saying that it was old and circulated after November 18, 2016. As per sources, India asked that if Pakistan claimed that it shot a Sukhoi-30, where is the debris, its pilots or even their mortal remains. As far India is concerned all its Sukhois are accounted for, officials added. Also Read - Coronavirus Second Wave: India Likely to Witness 2,320 Daily Deaths by First Week of June, Says Report
“Keeping the (Pakistan) government’s initiative of peace in mind, the Indian submarine was not targetted by the Pakistan Navy,” added the spokesperson. It must be noted that the last time the two Naval forces fought against each other was during the 1971 war.
Earlier in the day, Naval Chief Sunil Lanba also spoke out against terrorism plaguing the region. He warned of terrorists using the sea route. Lanba reportedly said, “We have reports of terrorists being trained to carry out operations in various modus operandi, including through the medium of the sea.”
Lanba said, “The Indo-pacific region has witnessed multiple forms of terrorism in recent years and a few countries in this part of the world have been spared by this cause. The global nature which terrorism has acquired in recent times has further enhanced the scope of this threat.”
Addressing India’s problems specifically, Lanba said, “India faces a far more serious version of this State-sponsored terrorism. We have all witnessed the horrific scale of extremists attack the Indian state of J-K, just three weeks ago.”
The Navy Chief even hinted at Pakistan’s support to terror outfits while speaking about the Pulwama terror attack saying the dastardly attack was perpetrated by extremists which was supported by a state which seeks to destabilise India.