Pakistan is behaving like a spokesperson of terrorist group Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) and despite big claims, took no action against terror outfits operating from its soil, External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said in a weekly press briefing on Saturday. Kumar said that it was regrettable that Pakistan continues to remain in a state of denial even after JeM claim taking ownership of Pulwama attack.
“It is regrettable that Pakistan still continues to deny Jaish-e-Mohammed's own claim of taking ownership of Pulwama attack. Pak Foreign Minister said that they (JeM) have not claimed responsibility of the attack, there is some confusion - Is Pakistan defending the JeM?” the Kumar asked.
Referring to Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s slogan of ‘Naya Pakistan’ (New Pakistan), the MEA spokesperson said that if Pakistan really want to be a new country with new thinking, it needs to show “new action” against terror groups and cross border terrorism.
“If Pakistan claims to be a 'Naya Pakistan' with 'nayi soch' then it should show 'naya action' against terrorist groups and cross border terrorism,” he said.
#WATCH Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) Spokesperson, Raveesh Kumar: If Pakistan claims to be a 'Naya Pakistan' with 'nayi soch' then it should demonstrate 'naya action' against terrorist groups and cross border terrorism in support of its claims. pic.twitter.com/Ji7ZBZsVjc— ANI (@ANI) March 9, 2019
The MEA spokesperson claimed that India has electronic evidence that a Pakistani F-16 fighter jet was destroyed by Indian Air Force pilot Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman and said that they have asked the US to examine whether the use F-16 against India was in accordance with terms and conditions of the sale.
“There are eyewitness accounts and electronic evidence that Pakistan deployed F-16 aircraft and that one F-16 was shot down by Wing Commander Abhinandan. We have asked USA to also examine whether the use of F-16 against India is in accordance with terms and conditions of sale,” he said.
He also denied Pakistani claims that they destroyed two Indian jets. “If as Pakistan claims it has a video recording of the downing of a second Indian aircraft then why have they not shared the video with international media?” Kumar asked.