NEW DELHI: India Tuesday rubbished Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s comments on the ghastly Pulwama attack, saying disclaiming Pakistan’s link with terrorist attacks is an oft-repeated excuse by the “nerve centre” of terrorism.
India’s seven-point hard hitting response came hours after Khan said he would act against the perpetrators of the Pulwama attack if India shares “actionable intelligence,” but warned against any retaliatory action.
In a statement, the Ministry of External Affairs said India was not surprised that Khan refused to acknowledge the attack on India’s security forces in Pulwama as an act of terrorism, adding his offer to investigate the attack if provided proof is 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,” the MEA said.
“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,” it said.
At a cabinet briefing Tuesday evening, Union minister Arun Jaitley hit out at Khan for not making even a “pretext” of outright condemnation of the Pulwama attack and showing not even “lip sympathy” for the bereaved families.
Days after the terror strike by Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) terror group killing 40 CRPF personnel, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said security forces have been given free hand to avenge the dastardly act.
In a video message, Khan responded to the Indian allegations on Pakistan’s involvement in the attack in Kashmir last Thursday.
“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,” the MEA said. Likewise, on the terror attack on Pathankot airbase, the MEA said, there has been no progress. “Promises of ‘guaranteed action’ ring hollow given the track record of Pakistan,” the MEA said.