New Delhi: Amid the escalating tensions with Pakistan after the IAF air strike in Balakot on February 26, India on Tuesday made it clear to the world that it won’t accept mediation from any other country on the issue as the matter is related to terrorism. While referring to the air strike by IAF on the biggest terror hideouts of JeM training camp, the sources said, “No offer of mediation has come from any country. India has told the world community that it is not an India-Pakistan issue. It is an issue of terrorism.”
Furthermore, the sources emphasised that India’s focus is to fight against terror and that action in Balakot was to demonstrate that the country has the capacity to hit at terrorists. “India will not be deterred in its war against terrorism,” news agency ANI quoted sources as saying.
India also lambasted the neighbouring country for its inaction against the terrorists targeting India. “Recent interviews by Pakistan FM Shah Mehmood Qureshi confirms Pakistani government in touch with JeM Chief Masood Azhar, no denial that Azhar is chief of Jaish-E-Mohammad. This makes India’s case to put Masood Azhar in UNSC 1267 sanctions list,” sources said, adding,”India is taking steps to reach out to all the 15 countries of the UN Security Council (including 5 permanent and 10 non-permanent members) and leave no stone unturned to list Masood Azhar as a UN-designated global terrorist, sources added.
“Last date of raising objections on listing of Masood Azhar in UNSC sanction list is 13th of March. India is in touch with all 15 member countries including China. India is cautiously optimistic,” it stated.
On rumours of Masood Azhar being unwell, sources said, “India takes such reports with a pinch of salt, earlier had seen similar reports on Mullah Omar and Osama Bin Laden as well. Our effort is to bring Masood Azhar to book for the terror attacks masterminded by him.” “India wants to see action on the ground. Pakistan is trying to deflect the attention,” they added.
On the release of Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, the sources said Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan was compelled to free him due to immense diplomatic pressure at all levels.
Talking about the recently-concluded Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) meet in the UAE in which External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj was invited as a ‘Guest of Honour’, sources said that every member nation attended the plenary session except Pakistan, which stands isolated in what it calls its own backyard.