The prime minister of Pakistan-administered Kashmir has called for the Pakistani government to act “militarily” in the Kashmir dispute with neighbouring India, Al Jazeera reported.
His remarks come on the anniversary of Indian air attacks on Pakistani soil that sparked a military standoff between the two neighbours.
Raja Farooq Haider, the elected prime minister of Pakistan-administered Kashmir said “The government of Pakistan needs to take some daring steps,” he said in the capital Muzaffarabad. “They have to give India a fundamental punch in [Indian-administered] Kashmir. This is my considered opinion.”
Asked what kind of action he was asking for, Haider said it should be both diplomatic and military, and that he conveyed this opinion to the Pakistani government, led by Prime Minister Imran Khan.
“If you do not have military force, a diplomatic action does not work.”
On February 26, 2019, India carried out air raids on Pakistani territory in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, with at least four bombs hitting a mountainside and farming village, causing no apparent casualties.
India claimed the raids killed “a very large number of [Jaish-e-Muhammad] terrorists, trainers, senior commanders and groups of jihadis”.
The Jaish-e-Muhammad armed group claimed responsibility for a suicide attack earlier in February last year that killed more than 40 Indian security personnel in the Indian-administered Kashmir town of Pulwama.