The Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan has said in an interview that he fears hostilities between the two neighbours might scale up before India goes to polls this summer. Khan also insisted that the ‘New Pakistan’ has no place for terrorists.
In a candid admission, Pakistan PM Imran Khan acknowledged that his country can no longer allow the terror elements to operate on its soil with impunity. Imran mouthed off platitudes claiming his country has come down hard against terrorists using its land. “We are dismantling terror networks on a level that has never happened before. We cannot afford to be held responsible for terror activities like Pulwama. Armed groups within Pakistan cannot be supported any further,” Khan said.
Khan alluded that he knew something might happen as the elections were nearing in India. In what appears as giving a free pass to the terrorists who conducted the ghastly attack in Pulwama, Khan said, “We knew PM Modi would create war hysteria over some incident that may happen considering India’s elections were approaching.”
Last month, on February 14, Pakistan based Jaish-e-Muhammad trained terrorist had attacked a CRPF convoy using a car bomb killing 40 CRPF personnel in Pulwama. Since then, India had launched an all-encompassing offence to corner and marginalise Pakistan internationally and diplomatically. India also stripped Pakistan of the ‘Most Favoured Nation’ status.
The hostilities between the two warring nations grew as India conducted airstrikes deep inside Pakistan targetting terror camps in the country. In response to this, Pakistan had sent its fleet of F-16s to attack Indian Army’s military assets but was successfully thwarted by Indian Air Force. Pakistan had then captured an Indian pilot but sensing India’s mounting diplomatic pressure, it had to promptly release him within 48 hours of his capture.