The Pakistan Army has asked its troops to be vigilant along the India-Pakistan Border at both the Line of Control (LoC) and the Working Boundary (WB) while launching a diplomatic offensive to counter Indian endeavours to link Islamabad with the Pulwama attacks in Jammu and Kashmir.
Hours after India pointed fingers at Pakistan and warned to take “revenge”, Islamabad on Friday reached out to the five permanent members of United National Security Council (UNSC) to offset the Indian propaganda.
Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua invited ambassadors of P-5 countries — US, China, Russia, Britain and France — at the foreign ministry to brief them about the deteriorating situation. Janjua vehemently renounced Indian allegations against Pakistan following the attack.
“Pakistan’s offer of dialogue and the Kartarpur corridor initiative are clear evidence of this,” the statement quoted the Januja. Meanwhile, Pakistan put its troops along on ‘high alert’ along the volatile India-Pakistan border to deal with any ‘misadventure’ from across the border.
The Pulwama attack was claimed by the Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM). India was quick to blame Pakistan even before their investigators reached the site to start probe. The Pakistani high commissioner was summoned by the Indian foreign secretary to issue a formal protest over the attack.
Islamabad, however, rejected the Indian allegations and insisted that it always condemned ‘heightened violence’ in the valley. India’s acting high commissioner was called to the foreign office to convey Pakistan’s strong protest over the Indian government’s attempts to link Islamabad with the Pulwama attack.
As per experts in Pakistan, there is fear in Islamabad that the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) may use the Pulwama attack to up the ante and ‘war hysteria. prior to the With Indian elections.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi after chairing a high-level security meeting on Friday threatened to punish those who perpetrated the Pulwama attack. The Indian media has been speculating that many options, including “intelligence-based operations” inside Pakistan were being contemplated.
Other than the military options, the Modi administration also decided to launch a diplomatic offensive to “isolate Pakistan globally”. The Indian government also decided to withdraw the Most-Favoured-Nation (MFN) to Pakistan.
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