New Delhi: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday said that India blamed Islamabad for the terror attack in Pulwama without any evidence and that his country will “retaliate” if New Delhi launches an attack.
Baffled over the mounting pressure from several countries to act against terrorism in wake of the Pulwama terror attack, claimed by Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed, Khan said that he will take action and start a probe if India provides evidence of Islamabad’s involvement.
“My statement is for the Indian government. You (Indian govt) have blamed the Pakistan government without any evidence,” said Khan while addressing the media over the Pulwama terror attack.
“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.
Khan further said that the “new Pakistan” only wants stability and that the issue can be solved only through dialogue.
“If you (Indian govt) thinks you will attack us and we will not think of retaliating, we will retaliate. We all know starting a war is in the hands of humans, where it will lead us only God knows. This issue should be solved through dialogue,” he said.
The statement by Pakistan came shortly after the Indian security forces, in a joint press conference, slammed Pakistan for providing safe havens to terror groups and confirmed the role of Pakistan Army in the dastardly terror attack in Pulwama.
“Jaish-e-Mohammed a child of Pakistan Army, it is being controlled by ISI and Pak Army. So, there is 100 per cent involvement of Pak Army in Pulwama terror attack,” said Kanwal Jeet Singh Dhillon, Corps Commander of Chinar Corps, Indian Army.
On Monday, three JeM terrorists were killed in a 16-hour encounter in Pinglan in Pulwama district, about 12 km from the site of the February 14 attack. An Army major and five others were also killed.
Two of the slain terrorists were identified as Kamran and Abdul Rasheed alias Ghazi, the so-called divisional commanders of Jaish-e-Mohammed for Pulwama, Tral and Awantipora areas of South Kashmir. The third one was Hilal, a resident of Pinglena in Pulwama.
The Jaish claimed responsibility for the February 14 terror attack that targeted a convoy of 78 vehicles on its way from Jammu to Srinagar. About 2,500 CRPF personnel were on their way to the valley, many returning to work after leave.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had promised that the sacrifices” of the jawans at Pulwama “will not go in vain”.
Following the Pulwama terror attack, pressure is has been mounting on Pakistan as several neighbouring countries are demanding Islamabad to act on terrorism emanating from its soil.
Since Thursday, India has briefed as many as 40 envoys from ASEAN, Central Asia, Gulf, members of the United Nations Security Council over Pakistan’s involvement in the Pulwama terror attack.
In the past couple of days, almost 60 US Congressmen and Senators have personally reached out to India to convey their support and condemn the attack.