Pakistan issues India attack WARNING as intelligence uncovers plot just days away

Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said his government had reliable information that India was planning an act of aggression against them between April 16 and 20

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Qureshi told the media that Islamabad had "reliable intelligence that India is devising a new plan" to attack Pakistan.

"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", a spokesman for India's foreign office said in a statement.

Earlier, in a suicide bombing attack by Pakistan based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammad in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama, more than 40 CRPF personnel had lost their lives.

Last week, the Indian government faced embarrassment when a Foreign Policy magazine report citing senior United States defence officials stated that none of Pakistan's F-16 jets had been shot down by the Indian Air Force ─ contrary to India's claims ─ on Fen 27, when tensions between both countries had spiked in the aftermath of the Pulwama attack.

Foreign Minister Qureshi did not provide or elaborate upon the evidence Pakistan holds to make such claim and how he could be so specific about the timing, but said that they had "reliable intelligence" input with them.

"I am speaking responsibly, I hold a position of responsibility, and I know the words I utter will be picked up by the worldwide media", he said.

A suicide vehicle bombing by Pakistan-based militants in Indian-controlled Kashmir killed at least 40 Indian paramilitary police on February 14. "According to the reliable intelligence we have right now, a new Pulwama-like incident can be [planned] by India to increase diplomatic pressure on Pakistan and to justify military action against Pakistan", he said.

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India said it, too, had shot down a Pakistani aircraft and the air force displayed pieces of a missile that it said had been fired by a Pakistani F-16 before it went down. Wing Commander Abhinandan. The pilot was released on March 1 as a gesture of peace by the Pakistani government.

The Indian Army retaliated effectively, he added.

Shah Mahmood Qureshi said Pakistan had briefed permanent UN Security Council members.

The foreign minister also criticised the global community for keeping silent when India violated Pakistan's territory on February 26. He said that global powers did not reprimand India despite blatant violation of worldwide laws on the part of India due to geopolitics.

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.

Later on Sunday, the Foreign Office summoned the Indian deputy high commissioner and handed him a demarche to convey Islamabad's objections.

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