Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Friday said India was planning a surgical strike against Pakistan, days after a New Delhi-backed campaign against Islamabad was exposed.
Addressing a press conference UAE’s capital, FM Qureshi said he had received information “through our intelligence agencies” that India was preparing to launch a surgical strike against Pakistan and fanning a new wave of terrorism.
Terming the situation as sensitive, he said Pakistan was fully aware of India’s conspiracies and vowed that Islamabad would respond befittingly should New Delhi initiate military action.
FM Qureshi said that India was “trying to seek tacit approval” from “important players who they consider to be their partners”.
The foreign minister said that this misadventure, in Pakistan’s opinion, was being done to divert attention from serious issues. “To begin with: The situation in Indian Occupied Kashmir.”
Failed Indian polices
FM Qureshi said that the situation was minimal, but now it has deteriorated further, and because of the current Indian regime’s policies, there is a country-wide protest of farmers.
“The mishandling of the coronavirus by Indian authorities is known to everyone and the impact that it is having on their economy is known to all of you,” he said.
The farmers’ protest is growing as Opposition parties, civil society, and trade unions have expressed their support for them, he said, adding that the minorities were “uncomfortable in India.”
“The citizenship act, the protests that you see in Assam because of NRC. They have not gone away. The Sikhs, Dalits, and Muslims are very disturbed,” he said.
Keeping these points in mind, the foreign minister said that in India’s opinion, it was a good way to unify a “divided nation”.
“Pakistan […] exposed Indian designs through a dossier on November 14, in which I highlighted irrefutable evidence of Indian sponsorship of terrorism in Pakistan,” the foreign minister said.
The foreign minister said that the dossier had explained how the Indian soil was being used to finance terror against Pakistan.
Pakistan to respond effectively
Speaking about the EU DisinfoLab’s report, he said that recent research also exposed India’s campaign against Pakistan.
“Pakistan is fully prepared to respond and defeat their designs. We will do it effectively, as we did respond immediately and effectively in February 2019,” he said.
FM Qureshi warned India that Pakistan — if the nuclear neighbour does not move away from this path and their desire to do this misadventure — would respond effectively this time as well.
Urging the global community to play its part and not test Pakistan’s resolve, he said that India’s misadventure will undermine the region’s peace and stability and will have catastrophic consequences.
“I warn my eastern neighbour that we are aware of their mindset and we are aware of their design,” the foreign minister noted.
Shedding light on this two-day visit to UAE, the foreign minister said that he held fruitful meetings with top officials of the Middle Eastern country.
FM Qureshi said that he had shared the situation of Indian Occupied Kashmir with his UAE counterpart and apprised him of the developments on the Afghanistan Peace Process.
The foreign minister said that he would also meet the UAE’s head of intelligence to discuss several matters.
‘Support of external powers’
Meanwhile, soon after Qureshi’s media briefing, Foreign Office spokesperson Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri voiced the foreign minister’s concerns about India preparing for a surgical strike against Pakistan.
“India is trying to get the support of external powers for military adventures,” he said, adding: “Pakistan has reliable information on India’s plan.”
Chaudhri warned India that Pakistani armed forces are ready and prepared to respond to any adventure that it plans on engaging in.
The disinformation campaign
More than 750 Indian backed websites covering over 119 countries have been operational for about 15 years with the sole purpose of undermining Pakistan within the European Union and United Nations, a report on investigative research conducted by the EU DisinfoLab revealed.
The operation has been given a name — the Indian Chronicles.
EU DisinfoLab’s investigation reveals that the Srivastava Group backed the operation, while a leading Indian news agency — Asian News International (commonly known as ANI) — was used to boost it.