Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Sunday claimed that his government has reliable intelligence that India is planning another attack against the country between April 16-20, according to a media report.
Tensions flared up between India and Pakistan after a suicide bomber of Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Muhammed (JeM) killed 40 CRPF personnel in Kashmir's Pulwama district on February 14.
Amid mounting outrage, the Indian Air Force (IAF) carried out a counter-terror operation, hitting the biggest JeM training camp in Balakot, deep inside Pakistan on February 26. The next day, Pakistan Air Force retaliated and downed a MiG-21 in aerial combat and captured an IAF pilot, who was handed over to India on March 1.
Qureshi during a press conference in Multan said that the government has "reliable intelligence that India is devising a new plan", Dawn newspaper reported.
"Preparations are being made, and there are chances of another attack against Pakistan. According to our information, the action could be taken between April 16-20," the paper quoted Qureshi as saying.
"A new mishap could be staged... and its purpose will be to justify their
"If it happens, you can imagine the impact of the occurrence on the peace and stability of the region."
India rejected Qureshi's claims and also said that Pakistan cannot absolve itself of responsibility of a cross border terrorist attack in India.
"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," the Ministry of External Affairs said in a statement.
"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," the MEA added.
"Pakistan has been advised to use established diplomatic and DGMO channels to share any actionable and credible intelligence it has about imminent terror attacks," it said, adding "India reserves the right to respond firmly and decisively to any cross border terrorist attack".
First Published: IST