Published: Mon, April 08, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

India vs Pakistan: Is India planning another attack on Pakistan? Warning issued

India vs Pakistan: Is India planning another attack on Pakistan? Warning issued

Pakistan has "reliable intelligence" that India will attack again this month, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said on Sunday, as tension over a February standoff between the two nuclear-armed neighbors had appeared to ease.

In response to Qureshi's remarks, Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar retorted that the former's "irresponsible and preposterous statement" had the "clear objective of whipping up war hysteria in the region".

On February 26, India said they struck a training camp of Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed, the group who claimed responsibility for the auto bomb, breaching the Kashmiri Line of Control (LOC) with an aerial assault. "As per our information this could take place between April 16 and 20", he said.

Pakistan has shared the reports with the global community including five permanent members of UN Security Council and urged them to play their role for peace, he added. "According to the reliable intelligence we have right now, a new Pulwama-like incident can be [planned] by India to increase diplomatic pressure on Pakistan and to justify military action against Pakistan", he said.

"We will provide financial assistance for the resettlement of refugees from West Pakistan, Pakistan occupied Jammu and Kashmir (POJK) and Chhamb", the party said.

Pakistan has also summoned India's deputy high commissioner to protest against what it says are India's plans.

The next day Pakistan shot down an Indian fighter jet and captured its pilot.

Some in India said between 200 and 300 people were killed in the strikes on Jaish-e-Mohammed.

The Pakistani minister's comments come as tensions almost boiled over between the two nuclear-armed neighbors after a series of violent incidents in February.

Soon after it launched a cross-border air raid on Pakistan that kicked off a quick succession of attacks and dogfights between the arch-rivals over the disputed Kashmir frontier that spurred fears of wider war erupting.

American defense officials have reportedly refuted India's assertions that its fighter jets had also downed a US -made Pakistani F-16 aircraft in the dogfight. Another attack on Pakistan will most certainly help the fortunes of the Bharatiya Janata Party, which has nearly exclusively been campaigning on the plank of "national security" and "nationalism". But the IAF pilot who shot down the plane, Abhinandan Varthaman, was captured by Pakistan and released only after behind-the-scene manoeuvring by the worldwide community.

The released prisoners were taken to the Karachi Cantonment Railway Station under tight security, where they boarded the Allama Iqbal Express for Lahore.

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