Imran’s response ‘not surprising’, says India

Imran’s response ‘not surprising’, says India
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New Delhi: India on Tuesday hit back at Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, saying that his comments on the Pulwama attack are “not surprising”.
Imran Khan had said he would act against the perpetrators of the Pulwama attack if India shares “actionable intelligence”, but warned against any retaliatory action.
In a statement, the Ministry of External Affairs said India was not surprised that Khan refused to acknowledge the attack on India’s security forces in Pulwama as an act of terrorism, adding his offer to investigate the attack if provided proof is a “lame excuse”.
“Disclaiming any link between the terrorist attack and Pakistan is an oft-repeated excuse by Pakistan. The Pakistani Prime Minister has ignored claims made by the Jaish-e-Mohammad, as well as by the terrorist, who perpetrated this heinous crime,” the MEA said.
“It is a well-known fact that Jaish-e-Mohammad and its leader Masood Azhar are based in Pakistan. These should be sufficient proof for Pakistan to take action,” it said.
In a video message, Khan responded to the Indian allegations on Pakistan’s involvement in the attack in Kashmir last Thursday.
“The Prime Minister of Pakistan has offered to investigate the matter if India provides proof. This is a lame excuse. 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,” the MEA said.
It said Pakistan claimed to be the greatest victim of terrorism but this is “far from truth”.
It also came down hard on the Pakistan prime minister for his comments linking India’s upcoming general elections to the narrative of blaming Pakistan. He said it would make it easier to get votes from the masses.
“It is regrettable that the Pakistani Prime Minister has insinuated that India’s response to the terrorist attack is determined by the forthcoming general election,” the MEA said.
Rejecting the “false allegation”, the MEA said India’s democracy was a model for the world which Pakistan would never understand.
“We demand Pakistan to stop misleading the international community and take credible and visible action against the perpetrators of Pulwama terrorist attack and other terrorists and terror groups operating from areas under their control,” it said.
With PTI inputs