Pakistani PM warns India against attack, urges talks on Kashmir blast
- Author: Lawrence Cooper Feb 20, 2019,
Feb 20, 2019, 1:02
In the latest occurrence, at least four Indian soldiers, including a top officer, a police official, one civilian, and three suspected militants were killed early on February 18 in a gunfight with rebels in Indian-administered Kashmir, just days after a suicide bomb attack that killed at least 41 paramilitary officers in the disputed territory.
More than 20 people were detained on Sunday, according to police. It sparked anti-Pakistan protests in some Indian cities and angry mobs targeted Kashmiri students and businessmen.
The attack has triggered nationwide anger in India.
The government has warned against rising communal tension. Significant numbers of young men have joined the insurgency in recent years and the funerals of well-known militants draw huge crowds who want to pay respects to "martyrs".
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday rejected the possibility of talks with Pakistan following the deadly bombing.
Claiming to have "incontrovertible evidence is available of (Pakistan) having a direct hand in this gruesome terrorist incident, " India has already taken diplomatic and economic actions aimed at "completely isolating" their former-favored trade partner.
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The statement assumes significance in the backdrop of increasing demand from Indian public and also a section of experts who are asking for Israel-type response to Pakistan.
It was the worst single attack against Indian forces in Kashmir. The Indian ruling elite has expressed dismay over a possible U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan after any deal with Taliban, as it clearly sees this as an opportunity for its arch rival Pakistan to gain a major foothold there.
"Don't think that Pakistan might not retaliate". It has revoked Pakistan's Most Favoured Nation trading status and raised customs duties to 200%.
Immediately after the Pulwama attack Malka had tweeted: "Israel strongly condemns the terror attack in #Pulwama and stands by our Indian friends during this hard hour".
Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan denied in a televised address that his country had anything to do with the bombing. It also came right before the meeting of an global Financial Action Task Force in Paris that is already scrutinizing Pakistan for its lax laws on terrorism funding.
The identity of the rebels was not revealed but local media reports said one of those killed was Abdul Rashid Gazi, a Pakistani national whose role in Thursday's attack was being probed by Indian investigators.
"Our thoughts are with everyone who has been affected by this awful incident and we will be monitoring the situation with our Members", Richardson said, offering his condolences on the ghastly terror attack in which 40 CRPF personnel were martyred. And we will take action not because of [external] pressure, but because these people would be enemies of Pakistan.
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