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

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

He reiterated the measures taken by Pakistan to defuse the tensions with India arising in the aftermath of the Pulwama suicide bombing on February 14, in which more than 40 Indian paramilitary soldiers were killed.

The MEA spokesperson's statement came hours after Qureshi said in a press conference in Multan that Pakistan has "reliable intelligence" that India is planning to attack Pakistan again between April 16 and 20. Two weeks later, India carried out an air strike on a training base in Pakistan of the Jaish-e-Mohammed, which had claimed responsibility for the attack.

"India's claim that one of its fighter pilots shot down a Pakistani F-16 fighter jet in an aerial battle between the two nuclear powers in February appears to be wrong", read a report posted on Thursday on the website of US-based Foreign Policy magazine.

Qureshi further added that the information has been shared with Prime Minister Imran Khan, global community, and permanent members of the UN Security Council.

Talking to reporters in the southern city of Multan, Mr Qureshi said the ambassadors of the permanent members of the UN Security Council in Islamabad had been informed about "the plan" two days ago.

The ministry of external affairs issued a scathing statement saying: "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. As per our information this could take place between April 16 and 20", Qureshi announced.

The foreign office said India reserved the right to respond firmly and decisively to any cross border militant attack, accusing Pakistan of being complicit in such attacks on India.

Earlier on Sunday, Pakistan summoned the Indian deputy high commissioner to protest against any "misadventure", Pakistani Foreign Office spokesman Mohammad Faisal said in a tweet. Pakistan accused India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of fueling "war hysteria" ahead of crucial elections in the country.

Pakistani officials refuted Indian claims of hitting any "camps" or "killing a large number of militants" in the Balakot district before undertaking its own retaliatory military action the following day.

Pakistan had closed its airspace amid the standoff with India but most commercial air traffic has since resumed and major airports have opened. The pilot was released on March 1 as a gesture of peace by the Pakistani government.

The released prisoners were taken to the Karachi Cantonment Railway Station under tight security, where they boarded the Allama Iqbal Express for Lahore.

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