Pakistani FM Claims India Preparing Military Attack

Arturo Kim
April 8, 2019

Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shahe Mehmood Qureshi had earlier said that India is preparing for another attack against Pakistan, claiming that Islamabad has received credible information in this regard.

"Fear of war has not yet dissipated", Qureshi said, as he called on the United Nations and the worldwide community to play their role in maintaining peace and stability in the region.

In a strongly worded statement, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said the comments by the Pakistani Foreign Minister were aimed at whipping up war hysteria in the region.

"Pakistan has apprised all five permanent member states of the United Nations Security Council [China, France, Russia, United Kingdom, and United States] of India's attempts to disrupt peace", he shared.

Pakistan says it has "reliable intelligence" India is planning a military attack this month, something India dismissed as "war hysteria".

"If it happens, you can imagine the impact of the occurrence on the peace and stability of the region".

"A new mishap could be staged in Indian-occupied Kashmir, just like [the] Pulwama [ attack]".

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The foreign office said India reserved the right to respond firmly and decisively to any cross border militant attack, accusing Pakistan of being complicit in such attacks on India. "And its goal will be to justify their [India's] offensive against Pakistan and to increase diplomatic pressure against Islamabad", he explained.

India said it, too, had shot down a Pakistani aircraft and the air force displayed pieces of a missile that it said had been fired by a Pakistani F-16 before it went down.

Tensions seemed to have eased after the clashes, but on Sunday the Pakistani foreign minister said his country had intelligence to suggest an imminent Indian attack.

All this comes against the backdrop of ongoing tensions between India and Pakistan over alleged terrorist camps on Pakistani territory which New Delhi insists house militants responsible for the 14 February car-bomb attack at Pulwama, which killed about 40 Indian police officers in Kashmir.

The foreign minister added that Pakistan has informed all five permanent members of United Nations Security Council (UNSC), including China, France, United States, United Kingdom and Russian Federation about Indian plans to disrupt the peace of the region. As the Indian Air Force engaged the Pakistani jets, the PAF show down two Indian warplanes ─ one of which crashed in Azad Jammu and Kashmir ─ and captured an Indian pilot.

Meanwhile, the Foreign Office on Sunday summoned the Indian deputy high commissioner to warn his country against any misadventure targeting Pakistan. Pakistani officials, as well as the locals, rejected the claims, inviting local and global media to visit the site of the so-called attack where around a dozen trees were the only "casualty". "Despite all these steps, Pakistan once again chose to release 360 Indian prisoners as a peace gesture", he said, and added that Pakistan wants the worldwide community to acknowledge as to who is endeavouring for peace and who is putting it in jeopardy.

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