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Pakistan warns India against military action

Rtv online desk
|  19 Feb 2019, 00:00 | Update : 19 Feb 2019, 17:21
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Pakistan has warned it will retaliate if India takes military action against it after a militant attack on Indian forces in Indian-administered Kashmir.

Prime Minister Imran Khan went on television to call on India to provide evidence to support its claims that Pakistan was involved. More than 40 members of India's security forces died in Thursday's suicide bombing on their convoy.

Pakistan-based militant group Jaish-e-Mohammad said it was behind it. The attack has raised tensions between India and Pakistan, which have fought two wars and a limited conflict in the region and are both nuclear powers.

What did Imran Khan say?

In his first comments addressing the attack, he said India should "stop blaming Pakistan without any proof or evidence" and urged Indian authorities to share any proof they might have about Pakistani involvement.

"Any adventurism on the part of India to threaten the sovereignty of Pakistan will be met with assured retaliation," he said, adding that only dialogue could help solve issues in Kashmir.

Imran Khan, who took office last year, said his government was ready to co-operate with India in investigating the attack and asked what benefit Pakistan would derive from the attack at a time when the country was "going towards stability".

The prime minister said he had not addressed the attack earlier because of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's high-profile visit to Pakistan over the weekend.

Earlier, India's top military commander in Kashmir, Lt Gen KJS Dhillon, accused Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) spy agency of "controlling" the attack with Jaish-e-Mohammad commanders, but he provided no evidence.

India has long accused Pakistan of backing militant separatists in Indian-administered Kashmir.

The suicide bomber has been identified as a young man from the region.

On Monday, India said it had killed three members of Jaish-e-Mohammad in a gunfight that also left four Indian soldiers, a policeman and a civilian dead.

How high are tensions?

Both India and Pakistan claim all of Muslim-majority Kashmir, but control only parts of it.

Thursday's bombing was the deadliest attack on Indian forces in the region for decades.

So far India has focused on retaliation by economic and diplomatic means. It has revoked Pakistan's Most Favored Nation trading status and raised customs duties to 200%.

Both countries have recalled top diplomats.

Source: BBC

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