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Pakistan foreign minister says India preparing another attack this month

The attack could take place between April 16 and 20, says Shah Mahmood Qureshi.

Syed Raza Hassan | Reuters  |  Karachi 

Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi
Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi.

Pakistan has "reliable intelligence" that India will attack again this month, Foreign Minister said on Sunday, as tension over a February standoff between the two neighbours had appeared to ease.

The attack could take place between April 16 and 20, he said.

A suicide car bombing by Pakistan-based terrorist group in Kashmir’s Pulwama killed at least 40 paramilitary soldiers on February 14 and the risk of conflict rose dramatically on February 27, when India launched an air strike on what it said was a terrorist training base.

The following day Pakistan shot down an Indian fighter jet and captured its pilot who was later released.

"We have reliable intelligence that India is planning a new attack on Pakistan. As per our information this could take place between April 16 and 20," Qureshi told reporters in his hometown of Multan.

He did not elaborate on what evidence Pakistan had or how he could be so specific with the timing, but he said Prime Minister Imran Khan had agreed to share the information with the country.

India's foreign office didn't immediately respond to an email seeking comment.

Khan blamed India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for "whipping up war hysteria" over claims that India shot down a Pakistani F-16 during the February standoff.

India said it, too, had shot down a Pakistani aircraft and the air force displayed pieces of a missile that it said had been fired by a Pakistani F-16 before it went down.

Pakistan closed its airspace amid the standoff but most commercial air traffic has since resumed and major airports have opened.

First Published: Sun, April 07 2019. 14:33 IST