India on Sunday responded strongly to Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmoud Quraishi’s statement regarding a possible cross-border attack this month.
In response to queries, the official spokesperson of India’s Ministry of External Affairs rejected the statement and called it a “public gimmick”.
Quraishi had said an attack by India could take place between April 16 and 20, adding that Pakistan had told the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council of its concerns.
Pakistan had also summoned the Indian deputy high commissioner to protest against any “misadventure”, Pakistani Foreign Office spokesman Mohammad Faisal said in a Tweet.
India’s Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson said: “India rejects the irresponsible and preposterous statement by the Foreign Minister of Pakistan with a clear objective of whipping up war hysteria in the region. This public gimmick appears to be a call to Pakistan-based terrorists to undertake a terror attack in India.”
“It has been made clear to Pakistan that it cannot absolve itself of responsibility of a cross-border terrorist attack in India. No attempt at creating an alibi for its complicity in such attacks will succeed.
“Pakistan needs to take credible and irreversible steps against terrorism operating from all territories under its control rather than making hysterical statements to obfuscate the core issue that bedevils our region: cross- border terrorism.
“Pakistan has been advised to use established diplomatic and DGMO channels to share any actionable and credible intelligence it has about imminent terror attacks.
“India reserves the right to respond firmly and decisively to any cross border terrorist attack,” the spokesperson said.