New Delhi: Union Minister Arun Jaitley on Tuesday responded to Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s statement on Pulwama attack and said that there was neither condemnation of the incident nor expression of sympathy for the bereaved families. “There is not even a pretext of outright condemnation of the incident, let alone sympathy for the bereaved families,” ANI quoted the Finance Minister as saying.
He also mocked Khan’s demand for actionable intelligence from India, saying JeM has publicly acknowledged its hand behind the attack, adding India had provided the neighbouring country evidence and intelligence related to the 2008 Mumbai terror attack.
“We know its fate,” Jaitley said referring to lack of any concrete action from Pakistan against the terror group and its handlers involved in the attack. He dismissed Khan’s statement as a diversionary tactic.
Earlier in the day, while addressing the media over the Pulwama terror attack, Pakistan prime minister Imran Khan had said, “It is in our interest that nobody from our soil spreads violence. I want to tell Indian govt that we will take action if evidence is found against anyone from Pakistan.”
He added that his government would take action against prepetrators of Pulwama attack only if India provides evidence of Islamabad’s involvement.
Reacting to the statement, the Ministery of External Affairs (MEA) said, “We are not surprised that the Prime Minister of Pakistan refuses to acknowledge the attack on our security forces in Pulwama as an act of terrorism. He has neither chosen to condemn this heinous act nor condoled with the bereaved families.”
The MEA statement further stated, “Disclaiming any link between the terrorist attack and Pakistan is an oft-repeated excuse by Pakistan. The Pakistani Prime Minister has ignored claims made by the Jaish-e-Mohammad, as well as by the terrorist, who perpetrated this heinous crime. It is a well-known fact that Jaish-e-Mohammad and its leader Masood Azhar are based in Pakistan. These should be sufficient proof for Pakistan to take action.”
The deadly Pulwama attack which took place on February 14 killed 40 CRPF personnel. The jawans were returning from leave to resume their duty, when a suicide bomber belonging to the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed terror group rammed an explosives-laden vehicle into a CRPF bus.The vehicle was blown up at around 3:15 PM on the Srinagar-Jammu highway in Awantipora area of the district, nearly 30 km short of its destination – the Bakshi Stadium transit camp in Srinagar.
(With Agency inputs)