Pakistan receives Indian dossier on Pulwama attack


ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Thursday said it had received the Indian dossier on the Pulwama attack. Indian had handed over the dossier to Pakistan’s acting High Commissioner in New Delhi a day earlier.

Speaking to reporters, Foreign Office spokesman Dr Muhammad Faisal said the dossier was being evaluated and evidence provided was being reviewed. “If there is actionable evidence, Pakistan will act,” Dr Faisal said, adding Prime Minister Imran Khan has also given a clear message on this.

The spokesman said Pakistan was ready to hold talks with India and they should be held not only on terrorism but other issues as well.

He added that Pakistan’s position on the Indian pilot was clear and he was healthy and safe. “The Indian pilot was captured by the people and rescued by forces.” According to the Foreign Office spokesman, India had raised the issue of the pilot with Pakistan.

Dr Faisal emphasised that if it were a Pakistani pilot captured in India, the narrative of the Indian media would have been drastically different. “The decision to give him [Indian pilot] the status of prisoner of war will be made later.”

Responding to a question about the statements issued by different countries regarding Indian aggression, Dr Faisal said we have apprised the international community that even if there is any terrorist outfit to be acted against, there is nothing in international law that allows for such  territorial aggression.  

The spokesperson added that any such attack without evidence under the pretext of terrorism is akin to moving towards chaos. He said our desire for peace should not be taken for weakness. He said Pakistan has comprehensively acted to root out terrorism from its soil under the National Action Plan.

The spokesperson said there are voices within India that the policies of Prime Minister Narendra Modi are pushing the entire region into destruction. Dr Faisal said Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has made it clear that he will not attend the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers` session in Abu Dhabi tomorrow even if Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Sawraj is there.