Any misadventure to meet a befitting response; Pakistan tells India

Any misadventure to meet a befitting response; Pakistan tells India

Any misadventure to meet a befitting response; Pakistan tells India

India is preparing to stage another attack on Pakistani soil, similar to the Balakot strike back in February, sometime between April 16 and 20, Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mahmoud Quraishi loudly proclaimed on Sunday, citing "credible" intelligence information.

Pakistan says it has "reliable intelligence" India is planning a military attack this month, something India dismissed as "war hysteria".

"We have reliable intelligence that another act of aggression is highly likely between April 16 and 20 by India against Pakistan", he said.

Mr. Qureshi claimed that ambassadors of the permanent members of the UN Security Council in Islamabad had been informed about "the plan" two days ago. He further said: "The objective behind this attack in the veil of the Kashmir aggression could be to pressurise Pakistan and justify their investigation".

However Indian officials have been quick to dismiss the claims, and accused officials of whipping up "war hysteria".

Nuclear-armed neighbours India and Pakistan engaged in an aerial battle over the disputed region of Kashmir a day after Indian jets crossed over into Pakistan to attack a suspected camp of anti-India militants.

The 27 February air battle exacerbated New Delhi-Islamabad tensions, resulting in multiple cross-border exchanges of fire and several Pakistani drones allegedly violating Indian airspace.

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The tension between the two countries triggered by the Pulwama strike appeared to have eased slightly in the last couple of weeks.

On February 14, at least 40 Indian security personnel were killed in a suicide attack targeting a military convey in Indian-occupied Kashmir.

US-based Foreign Policy magazine, citing U.S. officials, said all of Pakistan's F-16 combat jets had been accounted for, contradicting an Indian air force assessment that it had shot down one of the jets. Although the attack was initially claimed by a Kashmiri youth, the Jaish-e-Mohammad later took responsibility for it.

"Pakistan's decision to release captured Indian Air Force pilot was a gesture of peace [towards India]", he said, adding that the country has also announced to release 360 Indian prisoners this month. "Pakistan wants that the worldwide community should take notice of irresponsible attitude of India and stop it from damaging peace of the region", he said.

The 100 people set free on Sunday are mostly fishermen who strayed into Pakistani waters.

Pakistan would retaliate and give befitting response to any misadventure, the Indian envoy was told.

"They are going to Lahore from where they will be released into India across the Wagha border crossing".

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