Islamabad: While placing its troops along the Line of Control (LoC) and the Working Boundary (WB) on “high alert”, Pakistan has launched a diplomatic offensive to counter New Delhi’s attempts to link Islamabad with Thursday’s Pulwama attack in which nearly 50 Indian paramilitary soldiers were killed.
Hours after New Delhi pointed fingers at Pakistan and threatened to take “revenge”, Pakistan on Friday reached out to the five permanent members of United National Security Council (UNSC) to offset the Indian “propaganda”, the Express Tribune reported.
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 worsening situation. Janjua strongly rejected Indian allegations against Pakistan following the attack.
“She noted a familiar Indian pattern of immediate and reflexive assignment of blame on Pakistan without investigations,” a statement issued by the foreign office said. The foreign secretary said that Pakistan had pursued a “constructive approach” towards India, it added.
“Pakistan’s offer of dialogue and the Kartarpur initiative are a clear evidence of this,” the statement quoted the foreign secretary as saying. “Ratcheting up tensions in the region will be counterproductive,” she told the envoys.
Meanwhile, Pakistan put its troops along the LoC and the WB on ‘high alert’ to deal with any ‘misadventure’ from across the border in the wake of Thursday’s deadly attack, the daily quoted officials as saying.
Pakistan has rejected the Indian allegations and insisted that it always condemned “heightened violence” in the valley.
Sources, quoted by the Express Tribune, said the acting US ambassador also met Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua at the foreign office to discuss the deteriorating situation.
It quoted the senior official as saying that Pakistan was closely assessing the situation and civil and military leadership began consultations to deal with any provocation from across the border.
The official, requesting anonymity, told The Express Tribune that Pakistan did not want any escalation in tensions but added that it would not take any chances either.
Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi after chairing a high-level security meeting on Friday threatened to punish those who perpetrated the Pulwama attack.
The Modi administration has decided to launch diplomatic offensive to “isolate Pakistan globally”. The Indian government also decided to withdraw the Most-Favoured Nation (MFN) to Pakistan.