Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has asked PM Modi to ‘give peace a chance’ and assured him that he will keep his words and will ‘immediately act’ if New Delhi provide Islamabad with ‘actionable intelligence’ on the Pulwama attack.
Khan’s remarks came a day after PM Modi’s rally in Rajasthan; Modi stated “There is consensus in the entire world against terrorism. We are moving ahead with strength to punish the perpetrators of terrorism… The scores will be settled this time, settle for good…This is a changed India, this pain will not be tolerated…We know how to crush terrorism.”
Recalling his conversation with Khan during a congratulatory call after he became Pakistan’s PM, Modi said he had told him “let us fight against poverty and illiteracy” and Khan gave his word, saying he is a Pathan’s son-but failed to keep his word.
Last week too, Khan assured India that he would act against those responsible for the Pulwama attack, carried out by Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed, if it shares “actionable intelligence” with Islamabad, but warned New Delhi against launching any retaliatory action.
India said Khan’s offer to investigate the attack if provided proof is a “lame excuse”.
“It is a well-known fact that Jaish-e-Mohammed and its leader Masood Azhar are based in Pakistan. These should be sufficient proof for Pakistan to take action,” the Ministry of External Affairs said.
“In the horrific attack in Mumbai on 26/11, proof was provided to Pakistan. Despite this, the case has not progressed for the last more than 10 years. Likewise, on the terror attack on Pathankot airbase, there has been no progress. Promises of ”guaranteed action” ring hollow given the track record of Pakistan,” it said.
(With PTI Inputs)