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PAKISTAN’S Prime Minister Imran Khan today warned India against retaliation following yesterday’s Islamist attack on Indian forces in Kashmir which killed four soldiers.
Mr Khan condemned allegations that Pakistani authorities were involved in the attack, calling on India to provide concrete evidence to back up their claims.
“It is in our interest that nobody from our soil spreads violence. I want to tell the Indian government that we will take action if evidence is found against anyone from Pakistan.
“We want stability. Why would we carry out any such attack?” he said.
India has blamed last week’s bomb attack in Pulwama district in Kashmir which killed at least 40 Indian paramilitaries and yesterday’s gun battle between Indian troops and militants on Pakistan-based extremists.
The jihadist Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) group has claimed responsibility for both attacks as tensions between the two nuclear powers continues to escalate.
It is claimed the group has links to Pakistan’s intelligence services and its attacks serve to prevent the strengthening of relations between the countries.
Mr Khan said: “I want to offer the Indian government: whatever investigations you want done, we are ready.
“If you have any actionable intelligence, we will take action.”
India has a record of accusing Pakistan of backing militant separatists in Indian-administered Kashmir.
Mr Khan addressed this in his statement, claiming India should not “remain stuck in the past.”
“If you [the Indian government] think you will attack us and we will not think of retaliating, we will retaliate,” he said, adding: “Dialogue is the way forward, not violence.”
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