India Hits Out At Imran Khan's Statement, "Lame, False, Regrettable"

India Hits Out At Imran Khan

India Hits Out At Imran Khan,"Lame, False, Regrettable" (file image)

New Delhi: India, today criticised Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan over his statement on the Pulwama terror attack. The attack which claimed the life of in which 40 CRPF soldiers. India said that the Pakistani PM should "stop misleading the world" and take "credible and visible action" against terror masterminds operating from its soil.

A foreign ministry statement said, "It is regrettable that the Pakistani Prime Minister has insinuated that India's response to the terrorist attack is determined by the forthcoming General Election. India rejects this false allegation. India's democracy is a model for the world which Pakistan would never understand."

Imran Khan's "offer" to investigate, "if given proof" the role of Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed, was also slammed by India as a "lame excuse".

"Disclaiming any link between the terrorist attack and Pakistan is an oft-repeated excuse by Pakistan. The Pakistani Prime Minister has ignored claims made by the Jaish-e-Mohammad, as well as by the terrorist, who perpetrated this heinous crime. It is a well-known fact that Jaish-e-Mohammad and its leader Masood Azhar are based in Pakistan. These should be sufficient proof for Pakistan to take action," said the statement.

On Imran Khan's call for proof, the government said: "In the horrific attack in Mumbai on 26/11, proof was provided to Pakistan. Despite this, the case has not progressed for the last more than 10 years. Likewise, on the terror attack on Pathankot airbase, there has been no progress. Promises of "guaranteed action" ring hollow, given the track record of Pakistan."

India, made a reference to the cricketer-turned-politician's pet theme of "Naya (new) Pakistan", and said ministers of the current government publicly shared platforms with terrorists like Hafeez Saeed, who had been proscribed by the UN.

The Prime Minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan said Pakistan would retaliate if India attacked. "All this 'attack Pakistan' talk is all keeping elections in mind. But if at all these are serious, please make note of one thing clearly - Pakistan will not think of retaliating, it will retaliate," he said in his first statement on the worst-ever terror strike on security forces in Kashmir.

"There will be no other option left with Pakistan," he added in the video message.

India also pointed out that Imran Khan, the Prime Minister of Pakistan had neither condemned the attack nor condoled the deaths of the soldiers.

The responsibility of Pulwama attack was claimed by Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed. The attack carried out by a 19-year-old school dropout who joined the outfit last year. 

Following the heinous terror attack, India had urged the United Nations to brand Masood Azhar a global terrorist. Pakistan's Most Favoured Nation (MFN) status was also withdrawn by India, who launched diplomatic moves to work towards the country's isolation globally.

The Pakistani Prime Minister said, "Pakistan is moving towards stability. Why would we do something like this? If you have any actionable intelligence that a Pakistani is involved, give it to us. I guarantee you, we will take action, not because we are under pressure, but because they are acting as enemies of Pakistan."

"India accused Pakistan without any evidence and without thinking how this (attack) would benefit us," the Pakistan PM said. "Would even a fool try to sabotage such an important visit as that of the Saudi crown prince?" he added.