New Delhi: Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chief Mehbooba Mufti on Wednesday said that Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan should be given a chance as he has recently taken charge of the country. Talking to news agency ANI, she said, “Imran Khan is a new PM and he is talking about a new start, he should be given a chance. We should give proof and see what they do.”
Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister also agreed that proof was given for Pathankot and Mumbai attack but Pakistan didn’t take any action in this regard.
Mufti further said, “In these times only illiterate people can talk about the war. Both countries are nuclear powers and when they have the option of dialogue, I don’t think the question of war arises.”
It is to be noted here that Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday said that his government would take action against perpetrators of Pulwama attack only if India provides evidence of Islamabad’s involvement.
Reacting to the statement, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) had 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.