We have enough proof of Pakistan's involvement in Pulwama attack: General Bipin Rawat on Imran Khan's remarks

WION Web Team Delhi Jul 25, 2019, 05.59 PM(IST)

Army chief Bipin Rawat. Photograph:( ANI )

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"Our intelligence agencies had given ample proof of what had happened in Pulwama and that is all I would like to say," he said.

Army Chief Bipin Rawat on Thursday said that India should not get carried away by Pakistan prime minister Imran Khan's claim that Islamabad was not involved in Pulwama terror attack.

"We are aware of the truth. So we don't have to get carried away by any statement. The truth is known to us and our establishment," said General Rawat.

He further said that India has all the proof of Pakistan's involvement in the attack which killed over 40 CRPF personnel.

"Our intelligence agencies had given ample proof of what had happened in Pulwama and that is all I would like to say," he said.

Speaking at a ceremony for commemoration of 20 years of Kargil Vijay Diwas, he also warned Pakistan to never attempt a repeat of the "misadventure" like Kargil war. "It was a big misadventure undertaken by the Pakistan army in 1999. They did not appreciate the will and the intent of the Indian political establishment and the Indian armed forces that we will never allow them to succeed," he said.

On Wednesday, Imran Khan had claimed that Pulwama attack was an "indigenous" incident that happened in Kashmir. Khan stressed that Jaish-e-Mohammed was based in Pakistan, but also has a presence in Kashmir, and thus, the attack was an "indigenous thing" that happened in India.

Addressing the Washington-based think-tank US Institute of Peace, Imran Khan also revealed that at least 40 militant groups were operating with its borders. "It is in the interest of Pakistan that we do not allow any armed militia in our country. We have suffered sectarian attacks, we are in the worst situation, our investments are badly affected due to this," said Pakistan PM.

Tension has escalated between India and Pakistan post the terror attack on a CRPF convoy in Pulwama which killed over 40 security personnel. Following which India had launched an airstrike deep inside Pakistan targetting a JeM terror camp in Balakot.

In a major diplomatic win, Indian efforts on the international front were recently rewarded after Pakistan-based terror outfit JeM chief, Masood Azhar, was blacklisted as a global terrorist by the UN Security Council following the gruesome attack.

(With inputs from agencies)