Pakistan will retaliate if attacked, Imran Khan warns India

     

NEW DELHI, Feb 19: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday warned India that his country will retaliate if India attacks Pakistan in reaction to the Pulwama bombing. He asserted that Pakistan had no role in the terrorist attack in Kashmir.

Responding to what he termed as a raging 'attack Pakistan' clamour in India following the Pulwama terror attack in Kashmir last week by a suicide bomber in which 40 soldiers of the CRPF were killed, he said, "This is all keeping elections (in India) in mind. But take note of one thing: Pakistan will not think of retaliating, it will retaliate."

In his video message, his first statement over reactions to the Pulwama terror attack, Imran Khan, a former cricketer who became the Pakistani Prime Minister last August, said, "There will be no option left for Pakistan."

Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed had claimed responsibility for the terror strike. A school dropout, a newly-inducted militant, had rammed a car laden with explosives against a vehicle moving in a convoy of some 2,500 CRPF personnel being redeployed in Kashmir from Jammu.

It is widely believed in India that Jaish is guided and supported by Pakistani army and the ISI, the Intelligence agency. India has since launched a diplomatic initiative to isolate Pakistan, which has consistently evaded taking action against Jaish chief Masood Azhar.

Imran Khan, a former cricketer who took power last August, denied that Pakistani soil was being used for attacks on India.

How can one country's leadership be the Judge, Jury and Executioner... what sort of justice is this," he questioned.

"India has accused Pakistan without any evidence ... What will Pakistan gain from this? Why should Pakistan do this when it is trying for stability .. If you have any actionable intelligence that a Pakistani is involved, give it to us. I guarantee you, we will take action,” Imran Khan said. It is a “Naya Pakistan with a new mindset” now, Imran said.

India had off and on cautioned that terrorists are roaming freely in Pakistan. No action has been taken against Masood Azhar or Hafiz Saeed for their anti-India activities on Pak soil and across India.

Following the Pulwama bombing, the Government of India has initiated a series of actions like suspending medical visas to Pakistanis coming to India for cheap and better treatment and also withdrawing the MFN trade status, and slapping a 200% duty on imports from Pakistan.

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