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Pakistan warns India against military action

19 February 2019 03:47 pm - 17     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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Pakistan has warned it will retaliate if India takes military action against it after a militant attack on Indian forces in Indian-administered Kashmir.

Prime Minister Imran Khan went on television to call on India to provide evidence to support its claims that Pakistan was involved.

More than 40 members of India's security forces died in Thursday's suicide bombing on their convoy.

Pakistan-based militant group Jaish-e-Mohammad said it was behind it.

The attack has raised tensions between India and Pakistan, which have fought two wars and a limited conflict in the region and are both nuclear powers.

In his first comments addressing the attack, he said India should "stop blaming Pakistan without any proof or evidence" and urged Indian authorities to share any proof they might have about Pakistani involvement.

"If you think that you will launch any kind of attack on Pakistan, Pakistan will not just think about retaliation, Pakistan will retaliate," he said, adding that only dialogue could help solve issues in Kashmir.

India has long accused Pakistan of backing militant separatists in Indian-administered Kashmir.

Mr Khan, who took office last year, said his government was ready to co-operate with India in investigating the attack and asked what benefit Pakistan would derive from the attack at a time when the country was "going towards stability".

The prime minister said he had not addressed the attack earlier because of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's high-profile visit to Pakistan on Sunday and Monday.

The suicide bomber has been identified as a young man from the region. Correspondents say a significant number of young Kashmiris have joined militant groups in recent years.

Earlier, India's top military commander in Kashmir, Lt Gen KJS Dhillon, accused Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) spy agency of "controlling" the attack with Jaish-e-Mohammad commanders, but he provided no evidence.

"I'd request all the mothers in Kashmir to please request their sons who have joined terrorism to surrender and get back to the mainstream," he said. "Otherwise anyone who has picked up the gun will be killed."

On Monday, India said it had killed three members of Jaish-e-Mohammad in a gunfight that also left four Indian soldiers, a policeman and a civilian dead. (BBC)

  Comments - 17

  • Jk hatton Tuesday, 19 February 2019 08:10 PM

    Dam Indian put blame on Pakistan, not talking about their own intelligence failure. They failed even on the first launch of the speed train as well.

    Dennis Thursday, 21 February 2019 12:27 PM

    yes India shoots young people with buckshot and blind them even with small pellets.Very Bad Should stop it

    Mc Duglas Tuesday, 19 February 2019 08:28 PM

    this is the difference between Chai wala ( TEA SELLER ) MODI and a Great Leader Imran Khan.

    Mc Duglas Tuesday, 19 February 2019 08:30 PM

    In india Even a child born they Blame Pakistan.

    Mc Duglas Tuesday, 19 February 2019 08:32 PM

    Indian learn Blame game from the mothers lap.

    Sundralingam Tuesday, 19 February 2019 08:37 PM

    Indians control all the news coming out of Kashmir. The horrendous level of atrocities inflicted on the Kashmiri civilians by the Indian forces are carefully suppressed by the Indians.So we only hear when Indian soldiers getting killed in Kashmir,thus India has built up a very successful propaganda over twenty years to influence the world that they are the “good guys” and the Kashmiris and Pakistanis the “bad guys”. In reality thousands of civilians have been raped and butchered by the Indians in Kashmir. It is high time for the UN to intervene in Kashmir.

    Chandrika Perera Tuesday, 19 February 2019 09:20 PM

    This is what I call leadership, If it was Ranil he would have actually invited them to attack!

    Chandrika Perera Tuesday, 19 February 2019 09:20 PM

    This is what I call leadership, If it was Ranil he would have actually invited them to attack!

    VELUPPILLAI Tuesday, 19 February 2019 09:49 PM

    In our case, we had definite proof India trained the LTTE and actively backing them. There is an age old saying -'AS YOU SOW SO SHALL YOU REAP'

    sunil vijaya Wednesday, 20 February 2019 07:10 AM

    which side sri lanka will take if a war breaks out? play neutral like last time? we had enough of the BS for 30 long years, suicide bombings and now rest of the world is suffering. as Imran says, without rushing in, india should provide evidence that the STATE of Pakistan was involved in the attack.

    Namal Rajapkasha Wednesday, 20 February 2019 07:13 AM

    Pakistan the best militery force in the world .Modi you will have collateral damage . Pakistan all the way

    FEEL THE HEAT AS WE FELT Wednesday, 20 February 2019 07:25 AM

    Whether our brother neighbour's assertions are correct or not, we were in the same boat when we lost 13 soldiers. But we did not threaten any one,

    ANTON Wednesday, 20 February 2019 08:21 AM

    WE WARN YOU AGAINST MILITARY ACTION FOR CONTINUOUSLY SENDING US NARCOTICS

    Adwani Wednesday, 20 February 2019 03:51 PM

    First you warn your politicians who are hiring innocent youth to bring narcotics, before you speak about others.

    Sen Wednesday, 20 February 2019 11:29 AM

    India openly as well as covertly,involved civil war of Srilanka,which made so much loss to country,we srilankan can feel how India is feeling in this unfortunate incident, though we had terrible pressure from your side we managed it without braking mutual understanding, hope you do the same

    Gunathilaka Thursday, 21 February 2019 09:26 AM

    Got 20 billion free and already going to plan how to burn it out with further extra damage. Poor Parkistanees

    Mc duglas Thursday, 21 February 2019 09:42 PM

    Should not forget that how pakistan helped to defeat LTTE............we should be thankful to them forever


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