Pakistan accuses India of planning a new assault

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Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi in a press conference in Multan on Sunday. AFP

World2Day – Pakistan’s foreign minister says the government has “reliable information” that India was planning an attack for next week — claims its nuclear neighbor immediately dismissed as “irresponsible and preposterous.”

In remarks on Pakistan’s state television PTV Sunday, Shah Mehmood Qureshi said India was preparing a “new aggression” between April 16 and 20.
Qureshi said Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave his armed forces the green light for attacking targets both in Kashmir and Pakistan.

“He (Narendra Modi) says that you have permission to carry out the attack. They (heads of armed forces) say, ‘We have selected targets which are of a military nature. And it is not essential that those targets would be limited to Kashmir … So, a new talk of military action is going on there And a new message about a military action is being given out,” he said.

India’s Ministry of External Affairs said the claims were baseless, and accused Qureshi of encouraging Pakistan-based militants to attack targets in India.

“India rejects the irresponsible and preposterous statement by the Foreign Minister of Pakistan intended to whip up war hysteria in the region. This public gimmick appears to be a call to Pakistan-based terrorists to undertake a terror attack in India,” spokesman Raveesh Kumar said.

The map of disputed land, Kashmir, over which India and Pakistan are in conflict

Qureshi also referenced a February attack in Kashmir in which 40 Indian soldiers were killed when a bomb exploded near a paramilitary convoy in Indian-administered Kashmir.

The Pulwama bombing was one of the deadliest attacks in Kashmir in recent years, with India claiming Pakistan had a “direct hand” in the attack. Pakistan has passionately denied having any involvement.

The accusations sparked an exchange in military operations by the two sides, further increasing tensions.

“In occupied Kashmir, a new Pulwama-like incident could take place, with an aim to increase diplomatic pressure on Pakistan and to justify (India’s) military action,” Qureshi said Sunday.

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