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Pulwama — myth and reality

PAKISTAN has formally conveyed to India the message that the initial information shared by that country regarding the alleged involvement of Pakistan-based elements in the Pulwama attack could not substantiate the imputation, and offered to examine any fresh proof — whenever it is available. According to a statement of the Foreign Office, Indian High Commissioner in Islamabad was called to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs by the Foreign Secretary (Tehmina Janjua) and the findings on the Pulwama incident were shared with him.
Pakistan has lived up to its commitment of examining and investigating the information to be provided by India to substantiate its allegations of linkages of some Pakistani individuals to February 14 attack in Pulwama that left over forty CRPF personnel killed. India provided a dossier to Pakistan on February 27 and Islamabad moved quickly to form an investigation team and shared its findings with New Delhi within one month. This clearly shows Pakistan has nothing to hide and was ready to extend fullest possible cooperation in reaching to a conclusion. This is in sharp contrast to the attitude of India, which did not share its findings with Pakistan in Samjhota Express bombing. Pakistan has not only probed the information provided by India but also expressed its willingness to consider and inquire any additional information, if available with India. However, preliminary finds show India’s allegations were baseless and it unnecessarily blamed Pakistan without any solid evidence. Mere provision of telephone numbers and WhatsApp identities do not constitute evidence until and unless these numbers are linked to Pulwama attack. It is regrettable that India is using terrorist incidents to malign Pakistan and does so without waiting for investigations to complete. After Pulwama attack, India not only embarked upon an offensive propaganda campaign against Pakistan but also violated its sovereignty by trying to carry out bombing inside Pakistani territory and received a befitting response. The outcome of the investigations by Pakistan is a lesson that regional peace and stability must not be put at stakes on presumptions. There are also reports in Indian media and assertions by Indian politicians that the Indian government itself staged the Pulwama drama for electoral advantages and lack of evidence on non-involvement of elements from Pakistan further substantiates such assertions.