Seems like Pakistan is rattled by PM Modi’s challenge. Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Sunday asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to “give peace a chance” and assured him that, true to his word, he will act immediately if New Delhi provides Islamabad with actionable intelligence” on the Pulwama terror attack.
Khan’s remarks came just a day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi challenged Pakistan Prime Minister to “stand by” his words during his conversation with Khan during a congratulatory call after he became Pakistan’s premier. Modi said he told him “let us fight against poverty and illiteracy” and Khan gave his word – saying he is a Pathan’s son – but went back on it.
On Saturday, Modi said Imran Khan told him that he is the son of a ‘Pathan’ (a member of Pashto-speaking people originally from North-West Pakistan known for their deep sense of honour), and would keep good on his promises when the former wished him upon being elected as Pakistan’s premier. Now is the time to act with honour, “if he indeed was a Pathan’s son” Modi had said during a public meeting in Rajasthan’s Tonk. At Tonk, Modi said during the congratulatory call, he asked Khan that together they should work to fight poverty and illiteracy.
Earlier on February 19, Khan assured India that he would act against the perpetrators of the Pulwama terror attack, reportedly carried out by Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) group, if it shares “actionable intelligence” with Islamabad, but warned New Delhi against launching any “revenge” retaliatory action.
India said Khan’s offer to investigate the attack if provided proof is a “lame excuse”.
“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,” the ministry of external affairs said.
“The Prime Minister of Pakistan has offered to investigate the matter if India provides proof. This is a lame excuse. 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,” it said.
Khan said during his meeting with Modi in December 2015, “we had agreed that since poverty alleviation is a priority for our region, we would not allow any terrorist incident to derail peace efforts, however, long before Pulwama, these efforts were derailed in September 2018”.
The Pakistani premier was referring to India calling off the foreign minister-level talks with Pakistan in New York on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in September last year after following the “brutal” killing of three BSF jawans by Pakistani soldiers in Jammu and Kashmir as well as the release of postal stamps “glorifying” Kashmiri militant Burhan Wani by the Pakistan government.
The February 14 attack on the CRPF convoy has changed the dynamics of militancy in the Kashmir Valley.
At least 44 CRPF jawans were killed and dozens injured in a terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district on the 14th of February.
A 22-year-old Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorist Adil Ahmad Dar was identified as the suicide bomber who carried out the attack. Accused of one of the deadliest terrorist attacks the state has ever witnessed, Dar lived just 10 kilometres away from the attack spot in Gundibagh.
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