Prime Minister Imran Khan during a meeting of the National Security Committee issued the directives to Pakistan Army to respond “decisively and comprehensively” to any aggression or misadventure by India, said a statement issued after the meeting. The decision came after Indian threats to Pakistan following Pulwama terror attack which killed 44 Indian troops.
“We expect India to positively respond to the offers. Based on the investigation or any tangible evidence provided, the State of Pakistan shall take action against anyone found using our soil,” the statement read. “However, India also needs deep introspection to realize that why people of IOK have lost fear of death. The violence by Indian forces in IOK is highly counterproductive. The global community needs to play its part in resolving the long pending Kashmir issue in accordance with UN resolutions and aspirations of the Kashmiris.”
“This will not come with commitment alone. We recognize that terrorism and extremism are the top issues in the region and the whole region, including Pakistan has suffered,” Khan said.
“Pakistan alone has endured over 70,000 casualties in the process besides heavy loss to national exchequer. That is why the National Action Plan conceived and issued in 2014, outlined concrete sequenced measures with consensus of all political parties and institutions of Pakistan. Having addressed direct threat to the State of Pakistan, we need to move to ensure that militancy and extremism are routed from the society and the State never becomes hostage to extremists.”
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17 November, 2019