NEW DELHI: India has rejected Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi statement that it will attack Pakistan again and termed it as ‘irresponsible’ and ‘preposterous’.
In a statement, the External Affairs Ministry said, remarks of Pakistan is aimed at whipping up war hysteria in the region.
On Sunday, Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi had said an attack could take place between April 16 and 20.
He added that Pakistan had told the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council of its concerns.
In response, External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar termed Qureshi's comments as a public gimmick, appearing to be a call to Pakistan-based terrorists to undertake a terror attack in India.
“India rejects the irresponsible and preposterous statement by the foreign minister of Pakistan with a clear objective of whipping up war hysteria in the region,” Raveesh Kumar said in a statement.
“This public gimmick appears to be a call to Pakistan-based terrorists to undertake a terror attack in India.”he added.
The Ministry said, Pakistan has been advised to use established diplomatic and DGMO channels to share any actionable and credible intelligence it has about imminent terror attacks.
It also added that India reserves the right to respond firmly and decisively to any cross border terrorist attack.
Kumar said it has been made clear to Pakistan that it cannot absolve itself of responsibility of a cross-border terrorist attack in India.
“No attempt at creating an alibi for its complicity in such attacks will succeed. Pakistan needs to take credible and irreversible steps against terrorism operating from all territories under its control rather than making hysterical statements to obfuscate the core issue”, he said.
On March 27, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan had said Indo-Pak relations would remain tense till the elections in India are over.
Earlier, Pakitan PM had said, he feared ‘another misadventure’ by India.
“The danger is not over. The situation will remain tense till forthcoming General Elections in India. We are already prepared to avert any aggression from India”, Dawn had quoted Khan as saying.
Tensions between India and Pakistan escalated after the February 14 Pulwama terror attack. Pakistan-based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it was caused by a suicide bomber.
On February 14, an explosives-laden truck rammed into a CRPF convoy in Pulwama outside Srinagar, killing more than 40 soldiers in one of the biggest terror attacks in recent years.
The convoy comprised 78 buses in which around 2500 personnel were travelling from Jammu to Srinagar.
On February 26, the Indian Air Force carried out a counter-terror operation and attacked terror camps in Balakot area in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
The air strikes come 12 days after the dreaded terror outfit-Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) carried out a debilitating attack on the CRPF convoy in Pulwama.
In response, On February 27, Pakistani F-16 jets violated the Line of Control and the aerial fight ensued.
Subsequently, Indian fighter jet shot down Pakistan’s F-16 fighter jet, which landed in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.
Meanwhile, Pakistan Air Force retaliated and downed a MiG-21 and captured an Indian pilot Abhinandan Varthaman. However, on March 1, he was released.