Pakistan to retaliate if India takes military action
2019-02-19 at 17:19
Pakistan has warned it will retaliate if India takes military action against it after a militant attack on Indian forces in Indian-administered Kashmir.
Prime Minister Imran Khan went on television to call on India to provide evidence to support its claims that Pakistan was involved.
More than 40 members of India’s security forces died in Thursday’s suicide bombing on their convoy.
Pakistan-based militant group Jaish-e-Mohammad said it was behind it.
The attack has raised tensions between India and Pakistan, which have fought two wars and a limited conflict in the region and are both nuclear powers.
In his first comments addressing the attack, he said India should “stop blaming Pakistan without any proof or evidence” and urged Indian authorities to share any proof they might have about Pakistani involvement.
He said “Any adventurism on the part of India to threaten the sovereignty of Pakistan will be met with assured retaliation”.
Khan, who took office last year, said his government was ready to co-operate with India in investigating the attack and asked what benefit Pakistan would derive from the attack at a time when the country was “going towards stability”.
The Prime Minister said he had not addressed the attack earlier because of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s high-profile visit to Pakistan over the weekend.
India has long accused Pakistan of backing militant separatists in Indian-administered Kashmir.