Pulwama attack: Pakistan PM claims India is blaming Islamabad without any evidence
Imran Khan also warned New Delhi that Pakistan will be forced to retaliate if it is militarily attacked.
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday claimed that New Delhi has blamed Islamabad for the Pulwama attack without any evidence, ANI reported. “It is in our interest that nobody from our soil spreads violence,” he added.
“I would like to make the Indian government an offer,” Khan said according to Dawn. “If you have actionable evidence, share it with us. We will take action. Not because we are under pressure, but because it is our policy.”
Forty Central Reserve Police Force personnel were killed in the attack on February 14. The Jaish-e-Mohammed extremist group claimed responsibility for the bombing.
“Pakistan is the country which is the biggest victim of terrorism,” Khan said according to Times Now. “More than 70,000 Pakistanis have died in terror attacks.”
“There needs to be a new thinking in India,” he added. “India needs to introspect about Kashmir. Do you think this is a one-dimensional problem? One-dimensional oppression of people will never be successful.”
“I see people in India saying that Pakistan should be attacked, destroyed,” the Pakistan prime minister said. “Which international law allows one country to be the judge, jury and executioner? If you think you can attack Pakistan in any way, we will retaliate. We will have no choice but to do so.”
“We all know starting a war is in the hands of humans, where it will lead us only God knows,” Khan said. “This problem should be resolved through dialogue.”
The Pakistan premier said he wanted to respond to the attack right away, but was held up because of the visit of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. “We had an investment conference happening that we had been preparing for for a long time,” he added. “This is why I am responding, now that the crown prince has left.”
India last week withdrew the Most Favoured Nation status it had granted to Pakistan, and has stopped a bus service and trade across the Line of Control. The Indian government has said it will work to isolate Pakistan globally.