Imran’s ‘new Pak, new thinking’ should lead to ‘new action’ against terror: India

By India News Stream Correspondent

March 9, 2019

New Delhi: The Government today said Pakistan should take some credible new action to dismantle terror infrastructure if its Prime Minister Imaran Khan really means business when he talks of ‘Naya Pakistan aur Nayi soch'( New Pakistan with a new line of thinking).

“We remain resolute in our determination to persuade the international community of the necessity of compelling Pakistan to move beyond mere words and to show credible, verifiable and sustained actions,” Ministry of External Affairs spokesman Raveesh Kumar said at the weekly media briefing here.

He was responding to yesterday’s speech of Mr Khan at a rally in which he had said that under his party’s national action plan, ”we will not permit any armed group in Pakistan. No country does this. This was decided by all the parties of Pakistan. Since our government came to power, we have decided that we will implement the NAP.”.

In a second interaction of the MEA with media after the February 26 air strike on Jaish-e-Mohammad facility in Balakot, the Spokesperson said, ”If Pakistan claims to be a “naya Pakistan with nayi soch”, it should show “naya action”(new action)  against terrorist groups and terror infrastructure on its soil and end cross border terrorism in support of its claims.”

“We have, and we will continue to act with responsibility and maturity. Our armed forces continue to maintain strict vigil and will remain determined in the defence of the nation and its citizens,” he added.
”Our non-military counter terrorism strike of 26 February achieved the intended objective. It has demonstrated our firm resolve to take decisive action against cross-border terrorism,” Raveesh Kumar said.

Following demands from the international community, Pakistan was again claiming to take fresh action against terror groups on its soil, but this was confined only on paper, and actually, terrorist groups and individuals continue their activities without hindrance, he said underlining that Pakistan has not shown any serious intent to address the legitimate concerns of India and the global community.

He also pointed out that despite the media interviews by Pakistan’s Foreign Minister and former President Musharraf acknowledging the presence of Jaish-e-Mohammad in Pakistan, the spokesperson of the Pakistan armed forces openly denied the presence of Jaish-e-Mohammad in Pakistan, in an interview on 6 March. This statement is a sufficient proof that Pakistan still remains in a state of denial.

The MEA Spokesperosn said the February 26 strike was only aimed at terror outfits and was non-military but instead of taking action against terrorist groups on its soil, Pakistan chose to escalate through an act of aggression by violating the India r air space and attempting, unsuccessfully, to target its military facilities , but their action was effectively thwarted by the alertness and readiness of the armed forces.

He said India has been been transparent and open in informing the media on 27 February itself that, in the process of defending our national sovereignty and territorial integrity, one Mig 21 Bison was lost in action and Wing Commander Abhinandan had to bail out and landed in Pakistan Occupied Jammu & Kashmir, whereas Pakistan continues to propagate a false narrative of the events of that day.

He said India had lost  only  one aircraft but if s Pakistan claims, they had a video recording of the downing of a second Indian aircraft, they should show  it to the international media, which they had not done  even after more than one week.

”Questions should be asked to them as to where the fuselage of the aircraft is and what has happened to the pilots? As we have already said, there are eye-witness accounts and electronic evidence that Pakistan deployed F-16 aircraft and that one F-16 was shot down by Wing Commander Abhinandan. Evidence of the use of AMRAAM Missile, which can only be deployed on the F-16 with Pakistan, has also been shown to the media. Pakistan should explain why it continues to deny that its F-16 aircraft has been shot down? We have asked the United States to also examine whether the use of F16 against India is in accordance with the terms and conditions of sale,” he said.

In reply to a question, Mr Raveesh Kumar said that the strike in Balakot had achieved their desired result.

Meanwhile, Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan Ajay Bisaria today reached Islamabad after consultations for which he had been called back by the government in the wake of the Pulwama attack.

Pakistan high commissioner to India Suhail Mehmood is also back to India after consultation with his government.

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