India rejects Pak allegation of planning attack but says will respond decisivley to cross border terror

India News Stream Desk
April 7, 2019

New Delhi: Taking strong objection to the Pakistan Foreign Minister’s statement that India was planning an attack on his country, New Delhi on Sunday termed his remarks as ”irresponsible and preposterous”, and asserted that it reserved the right to respond firmly and decisively to any cross border terrorist attack.

India said that instead of talking irresponsibly, Islamabad should take credible and irreversible steps against terrorism.

“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. This public gimmick appears to be a call to Pakistan-based terrorists to undertake a terror attack in India,” External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said here .

He 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 that bedevils our region: cross- border terrorism. Pakistan has been advised to use established diplomatic and DGMO channels to share any actionable and credible intelligence it has about imminent terror attacks,” the Spokesperson said.

Kumar underlined that India reserves the right to respond firmly and decisively to any cross border terrorist attack.”

Earlier, Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said India was planning to attack Pakistan after staging a “mishap” in Jammu and Kashmir and this could happen between April 16 and 20.

Qureshi told reporters that Islamabad had “reliable intelligence that India is devising a new plan” to attack Pakistan.

“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,” he said.