India awaiting partners’ nod for launching surgical strike on Pakistan: FM

Speaking in Dubai, Qureshi says any misadventure by India to impact Afghan peace process

By: News Desk      Published: 04:52 PM, 18 Dec, 2020
India awaiting partners’ nod for launching surgical strike on Pakistan: FM

Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Friday revealed that India is planning a surgical strike on Pakistan and is “waiting for a nod from its partners”.

Addressing a news conference in Dubai, Qureshi said “I have learned through our intelligence sources that India is planning a surgical strike against Pakistan. This is a serious development and I also have knowledge that they have tried to seek approval from important players whom they consider to be their partners. This misadventure is being planned by India to divert attention from serious internal issues that are mounting in India.” Qureshi was on a two-day visit to the UAE on December 17 and 18. On Thursday, Qureshi met senior UAE officials and members of the country’s diaspora.

   Qureshi said New Delhi wants to divert attention by hitting Pakistan and unify its divided nation. “Pakistan exposed Indian designs through a dossier which was shared with the international media on November 14 in which we highlighted irrefutable evidence of India sponsoring terrorism in India. An EU body also recently exposed India for fake websites and fake NGOs that they had launched with a sole objective to malign Pakistan,” said the foreign minister.

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Qureshi said they have very specific and reliable intelligence of Indian plans to attempt surgical strikes against Pakistan. He warned that Pakistan will not remain quiet and will give a befitting response, if provoked by India.

He added that Pakistan stands for peace but it will retaliate if India tries to carry out any misadventure on the borders. "Pakistan is fully aware of India's nefarious designs and is prepared to teach it a lesson." 

He mentioned that if India attempted surgical strike against Pakistan, it will also affect the Afghan peace process.

He said that situation in Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir has worsened. Qureshi said the situation was minimal, but now it has deteriorated further, and because of the current Indian regime's policies there is a country-wide protest of farmers. "The mishandling of the coronavirus by Indian authorities is known to everyone and the impact that it is having on their economy is known to all of you," he said.

The foreign minister stated that those who have interests in India have set aside their democratic values and kept silent over this situation.

Meanwhile, Special Assistant to PM on National Security Division and Strategic Policy Planning Moeed Yusuf, while quoting Shah Mahmood Qureshi, tweeted: "We know that India is deeply unnerved because its acts of aggression against Pakistan through state-sponsored terrorism and blatant disinformation based propaganda have been exposed."

He said that India is foolish to think that it could strike a united and proud nation that is a nuclear power. India's desperation has reached absurd levels against Pakistan, he added. 

"We have informed the world that we know exactly what India wants to do. We also know that some capitals were already aware."

Yusuf pointed out that we remind the world that peace is a collective responsibility. "The world must prevent India from destabilizing the region in its attempt to divert attention from its domestic troubles," he stated.

He said there was no doubt that Pakistan stands for peace but if provoked, our armed forces are fully prepared to thwart any aggression on our homeland and teach our enemy the lesson they deserve.