Not surprised PM Imran Khan refused to acknowledge Pulwama terrorist attack: India

WION New Delhi, Delhi, India Feb 19, 2019, 07.09 PM(IST) Written By: Sidhant Sibal

Pulwama attack Photograph:( Reuters )

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PM Imran Khan had said since the elections are approaching in India there has been talk of action on Pakistan.

India on Tuesday came hard on Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan for saying there is no evidence of his country's involvement in Pulwama terror attack declaring that it was "not surprised that the Prime Minister of Pakistan refuses to acknowledge the attack on our security forces in Pulwama as an act of terrorism" and said the country is the "nerve centre of terrorism."

The ministry of external affairs (MEA) said, "Pakistani Prime Minister has ignored claims made by the Jaish-e-Mohammad(JeM), as well as by the terrorist, who perpetrated this heinous crime. These should be sufficient proof for Pakistan to take action."

Pakistan based terror group (JeM) has claimed responsibility for the terror attack at Pulwama.

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday for first time broke his silence on Pulwama terror attack that killed 40 CRPF personnel and offered to investigate the terror attack if evidence was given. New Delhi dismissed Pakistani PM's offer to investigate calling it a "lame excuse".

Recalling how proof was given after the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack and the terror attack on Pathankot, MEA said "promises of “guaranteed action” ring hollow given the track record of Pakistan."

New Delhi asked Islamabad to "stop misleading" the international community and "take credible and visible action against the perpetrators of Pulwama terrorist attack and other terrorists and terror groups operating from areas under their control."

India highlighted how ministers in the Imran Khan government have been sharing the stage with terrorist like Hafiz Saeed.

In September 2018, Pakistan's religious affairs and inter-faith minister Noor-ul-Haq Qadri had shared a platform with Hafiz Saeed, with both making anti-India statements.

Last year a video surfaced in which Pakistan's minister of state for interior Shehryar Khan Afridi had openly expressed the support of current Imran Khan administration to Hafiz Saeed and his organization. 

Khan had also said since the election are approaching in India there has been talk of action on Pakistan.

India slammed the statement saying "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", adding, "India’s democracy is a model for the world which Pakistan would never understand." 

It is important to know that PM Imran Khan has till now neither condemned nor condoled the terror attack.

India has mounted a diplomatic campaign to isolate Islamabad since the terror attack.

Over thirty foreign envoys from ASEAN, Africa, central Asia, permanent and non-permanent members of the United Nation Security Council(UNSC) have been briefed about Pakistan's involvement in Pulwama terror attack.

On the economic front, New Delhi has withdrawn the Most Favoured Nation(MFN) status to Pakistan increasing customs duty on the goods coming from the other side of the border by 200 per cent.

Both India and Pakistan have also called back there envoys for consultations.