News Frontliner Web Desk, 8 April 2019: On Sunday (7 April 2019) Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi claimed that, “Pakistan has enough reliable intelligence to believe that India will attack again this month”.
The attack could take place between April 16 and 20, Qureshi told reporters in his hometown of Multan, adding that Pakistan had told the five permanent members of the UN Security Council of its concerns.
He however did not elaborate on what evidence Pakistan had or how he could be so specific with the timing, but he said Prime Minister Imran Khan had agreed to share the information with the country.
In its first reaction, India’s Ministry of External Affairs said it rejects the “irresponsible, preposterous” claim.
Ties between India and Pakistan soured after a suicide car bombing by Pakistan-based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama killed at least 40 paramilitary soldiers on February 14. Two weeks later, India carried out an air strike on a training base of the Jaish-e-Mohammed in Pakistan.
The following day, Pakistan tried to target Indian military installations in Jammu and Kashmir, triggering the first aerial encounter between the two countries in half a century. In the dogfight, the Indian Air Force said claimed to have shot down a Pakistani fighter jet while losing one of its own. Pakistan had captured the Indian pilot who was later released.
Meanwhile, the general who oversaw the Indian Army’s 2016 surgical strikes in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir has warned that “growing Indian impatience” and a strong response to terror incidents could escalate the conflict to a war-like situation, adding the country should not rule out dialogue with the neighbour. Former Northern Army Commander Lieutenant General DS Hooda (retd) said the events following the February 14 Pulwama suicide attack clearly established new red-lines in India’s response to Pakistan-sponsored terrorism.