Pakistani ambassador in Bucharest reacts on Pulwama terror attack
After the Pulwama incident last week, when a convoy of vehicles carrying security personnel on the Jammu Srinagar National Highway was attacked by a vehicle-borne suicide bomber at Lethpora, Pulwama district, Jammu and Kashmir, India, which prompted the death of 40 Central Reserve Police Force personnel and the attacker, Safdar Hayat, Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan to Romania told journalists at a press briefing in Bucharest on Tuesday that „ It was extremely unfortunate that India, as a matter of regular practice, points the finger of accusation on Pakistan without any evidence or proof. Indian claims on Pulwama incident were not based on any credible and transparent investigation. The increased targeting of innocent Kashmiris in Indian Occupied Kashmir as well as the rest of India by Indian Occupying Forces and Hindu militants following the Pulwama incident was highly condemnable”.
According to foreign press agencies, the responsibility for the attack was claimed by the Pakistan-based Islamist militant group Jaish-e-Mohammad. A Jaish-e-Mohammad member named Adil Ahmad Dar, a Kashmiri local, was identified as the attacker.
The Pakistani ambassador in Bucharest reminded that „in his address to the nation on 19 February 2019, Prime Minister Imran Khan had categorically stated that Pakistan had nothing to gain from such acts” and that „ Prime Minister of Pakistan has offered to India, Government of Pakistan’s willingness for any investigation, if any Pakistani is involved in the above incident. „
„Recently, the sub-committee on Human Rights of European Parliament hosted an official exchange of views on situation of human rights in Kashmir at the European Parliament (19 February 2019). The current situation in the Indian occupied Jammu & Kashmir emanated from the denial by India of the right to self-determination of the Kashmiri people through a free and fair plebiscite, which was assured to them by the United Nations in its multiple resolutions. The only viable solution to the Jammu and Kashmir dispute was the implementation of the UN Security Council Resolutions for a free and impartial plebiscite in line with the aspirations of the Kashmiri people,” ambassador Safdar Hayat told the Romanian journalists, according to a press release.
According to BBC, the attack of Pulwama has raised tensions between India and Pakistan, which have fought two wars and a limited conflict in the region and are both nuclear powers.
India has accused Pakistani intelligence services of having a hand in the attack, which was claimed by militant group Jaish-e-Mohammad.