India needs to respond to questions on it’s intelligence lapse that led to Pulwama attack: Pakistan

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Foreign Secretary  of Pakistan Tehmina Janjua on Sunday apprised envoys from Africa and Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) member states on country’s position on  the attack targeting CRPF men in Kashmir’s Pulwama area, and New Delhi’s “knee-jerk” reaction blaming Pakistan and threatening it, Dawn reported.

Janjua in  interaction with envoys belonging to SCO states “recalled a familiar pattern of India blaming Pakistan instantly after such incidents without any investigation”, the Foreign Office spokesman Dr Mohammad Faisal tweeted,

The foreign secretary also briefed resident ambassadors from African states.

A day earlier, the foreign secretary had taken envoys from the European Union and non-permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, on board to clear Islamabad’s position over the Indian campaign against it.

The Foreign Office (FO) tweeted that a “deliberate anti-Pakistan frenzy is being spurred in India”, and warned that “baseless Indian allegations and aggressive rhetoric are counterproductive and a threat to regional pea

An FO statement issued today explained that Pakistan had rejected India’s allegations because they were “made within a short time from the attack and without carrying out any investigations”.

“These knee-jerk and preconceived accusations were nevertheless consistent with well-rehearsed tactics from the Indian playbook after such incidents in the past,” the statement added.

The statement said that India needs to introspect and respond to questions about it’s security and intelligence lapses that led to the attack. India owes an explanation on reports of Adil Ahmad Dar’s arrest and custody since 2017.

The FO stressed Pakistan’s desire for normalisation of ties with India and recalled Prime Minister Imran Khan’s letter to  Narendra Modi. “Prime Minister Khan followed his intention of taking two steps if India takes one with the proposal for both foreign ministers to meet at the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly and a comprehensive, tangible roadmap for normalisation of ties.”

“It was India which cancelled the meeting on baseless pretexts. Similarly, the Pakistan Kartarpur initiative is another step aimed at improving people to people contacts and deescalating a vitiated environment,” the statement continued.

“Bluster, belligerence and pursuit of expedient standards to suit internal political interests is both delusional and counterproductive. India must come out of the denial mode, end state repression against Kashmiri youth, address widespread alienation In Kashmir and pursue the path of dialogue,” the statement asserted.

 

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