Pulwama Terror Attack: Pakistan Writes to UN, Seeks Intervention to 'De-escalate' Tension

by Leon Thompson February 20, 2019, 1:01
Pulwama Terror Attack: Pakistan Writes to UN, Seeks Intervention to 'De-escalate' Tension

If India attacks, "Pakistan won't just think to retaliate".

Kashmir has always been a hot point between the two countries with India accusing Pakistan of supporting militants in the region.

Friday's attack came a day before Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman was expected to arrive in Islamabad with billions of dollars in investment to help the fledgling economy.

As New Delhi claims Islamabad had a hand in a auto bombing which killed dozens of Indian soldiers last week, Pakistani PM Imran Khan says he is willing to cooperate, but issued a dire warning against India taking unilateral action.

Dhillon told reporters in Srinagar, the main city of Indian-held Kashmir, that the leadership of Jaish-e-Mohammed militant group was "eliminated within 100 hours" of the February 14 attack, linking the slain militants in Monday's gunbattle to the attack.

The Defence Ministry has also noticed heightened activity by the Pakistan Army on the LoC across the border as the force was on high operational alert. Meanwhile, ATUL wrote, "India vs Pakistan match I will start campaign for cancelling India Pakistan cricket match scheduled in jun-2019 after week". The global community is well acquainted with the reality that Pakistan is the nerve center of terrorism, the statement said.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, facing an election that must be held by May, has promised a strong response to the suicide attack and says he has given the military a free hand to tackle cross-border militancy.

"We are at a unsafe moment, and authorities must do everything they can to uphold the rule of law", said Aakar Patel, head of Amnesty India. His administration has also indicated it had given the security forces "full freedom" to respond.

Pakistan calls back High Commissioner from India for consultations
Kashmir has always been a hot point between the two countries with India accusing Pakistan of supporting militants in the region. An indefinite curfew has been imposed in Pulwama and police have asked people to stay indoors.

The Thursday bomb attack has sparked outrage in India with calls for revenge circulating on social media, and rising animosity towards Kashmiri Muslims in other parts of the Hindu-majority country, to the alarm of rights groups.

"The current situation has all the making of an India-Pakistan crisis".

"Attributing it to Pakistan even before investigations is absurd", Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said in a letter to the U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres seeking U.N. involvement to lower tension. The two countries have gone through three wars over the region, but the conflict has not been resolved.

There has been nationwide calls for reprisals and India legend Singh said: 'There is no need for any relations with Pakistan, let alone cricket.

India's Ministry of External Affairs said it had no comment on Pakistan's letter to the United Nations.

The kingdom's foreign minister spoke at a press conference in Islamabad as Pakistan recalled its envoy from Delhi for "consultations".

In reaction to the attack, India also withdrew the Most Favoured Nation status it had accorded to Pakistan. They should introspect and look at why the youth of Indian Occupied Kashmir is at this stage where they don't fear death.

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