Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi Sunday claimed that his government has reliable intelligence that India is planning another attack against the country between April 16-20.
As reported by Dawn, Qureshi during a press conference in Multan said that the government has “reliable intelligence that India is devising a new plan of attack.”
“Preparations are being made, and there are chances of another attack against Pakistan. According to our information, the action could be taken between April 16-20,” the paper quoted Qureshi as saying.
“I am speaking responsibly, I hold a position of responsibility, and I know the words I utter will be picked up by the international media,” clarified Qureshi.
“A new mishap could be staged…And its purpose will be to justify their [India’s] offensive against Pakistan and to increase diplomatic pressure against Islamabad,” he alleged.
“The truth always prevails and is always the best policy. BJP’s attempt to win elections through whipping up war hysteria and false claims of downing a Pak F 16 has backfired with US Defence officials also confirming that no F16 was missing from Pakistan’s fleet,” tweeted Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan.
According to the Foreign Minister, Pakistan has already briefed the United Nations Security Council P5 over the issue and stated Pakistan’s apprehensions.
“We want the international community to take notice of this irresponsible behaviour and reprimand them [India] for taking this route. The international community, given the sensitivity of this flashpoint, should not remain silent,” he added.
Tensions have escalated between India and Pakistan since a suicide bomber of Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Muhammed (JeM) killed 40 CRPF personnel in Kashmir’s Pulwama district on February 14.
The Indian Air Force in retaliation carried out a counter-terror airstrike, bombing JeM training camp in Balakot, inside Pakistan on February 26. The next day, Pakistan Air Force retaliated and downed a MiG-21 in an aerial combat and captured an IAF pilot, who was handed over to India on March 1.