A closed market during a strike in Srinagar on Thursday (AP)
A closed market during a strike in Srinagar on Thursday (AP)

India will act against terrorism if Pakistan doesn't, says govt

  • The comments come against the backdrop of India launching an aerial strike on Balakot on 26 February
  • India launched an aerial strike on Balakot in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province on 26 February

New Delhi: India on Thursday indicated that it was willing to play the end game vis a vis Pakistan on terrorism.

A person familiar with the developments said that if Pakistan and the international community would not deal with terrorism emanating from Pakistan-controlled territory against India, India would act against it.

The comments come against the backdrop of India launching an aerial strike on Balakot in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province on 26 February. The Indian action was seen as a reprisal to the 14 February attack on a bus carrying CRPF personnel. The attack, claimed by a suicide bomber from the Pakistan-based Jaish e Mohammed terrorist group, killed 40 personnel.

The person cited above said that India had in the past presented Pakistan with evidence of terrorists operating from its soil — in case of an attack on an Air Force station in Pathankot in 2016 and in the case of the 2008 Mumbai attack. In neither cases did Pakistan take any action to punish groups nor prevent the operations of terrorist groups from its soil.

This was the main reason why New Delhi thought it was futile to share information with Pakistan after the 14 February attack.

New Delhi moved quickly to brief the international community on its stance and the international community by and large accepted India’s contention, the person said.

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