New Delhi: India on Sunday lashed out against Pakistan and for the first time specifically targeted the Pakistan Army directly over its support to terror.
After Pakistan Army chief Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa supported slain Hizbul terrorist Burhan Wani, MEA spokesman Gopal Baglay said: “First @ForeignOfficePk read from banned LeT’s script. Now Pak COAS glorifies Burhan Wani. Pakistan’s terror support and sponsorship need to be condemned by one and all.”
News agency reports from Pakistan had earlier said its Army chief, Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa, had praised Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist Wani who was killed in an encounter with the Indian security forces in July last year.
Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had on Saturday paid tribute to Wani, saying his death “infused a new spirit in the struggle for freedom” in the Kashmir Valley, the reports said.
The Indian diplomatic offensive came on a day when the Pakistan Army on Sunday shelled the areas of Khadi Karmara and Diwgar along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch district, in yet another violation of the ceasefire. No one was hurt in the Pakistani firing, the police said.
Television news reports said the Indian Army had destroyed three Pakistani posts near the LoC. In Islamabad, Pakistan summoned India’s deputy high commissioner J.P. Singh for the second consecutive day over alleged ceasefire violations along the LoC, claiming that more civilians were killed in the firing by Indian troops.
Targeting Pakistan on terror without directly naming it at the G-20 summit in Hamburg on Friday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi as “lead speaker” at a session on the issue of terrorism had presented a 11-point action plan that called for action against nations sponsoring terrorism and a ban on officials of such nations entering the G-20 countries.
This demand was seen as a strong veiled attack on Pakistan at the forum. Mr Modi had referred to (Pakistan-based) terrorism and had said that hatred and carrying massacres were the only ideology of such terror groups. “Some nations are using terrorism for achieving political goals,” Mr Modi had said in a veiled but crystal-clear reference to Pakistan.