At OIC, Indian FM says Pakistan harboring terrorists

Saul Bowman
March 4, 2019

He said that India has also continued unprovoked ceasefire violations at the Line of Control in the disputed territory of Jammu & Kashmir, resulting in the deaths of several innocent civilians.

On March 1, Pakistan released a captured Indian pilot in what its prime minister said was a "peace gesture".

Pakistan retaliated, shooting down the MiG-21 fighter jet on Wednesday and capturing Varthaman.

India's Finance Minister Arun Jaitley previously said that New Delhi would not reveal details about the operation against an alleged militant camp in Pakistan amid reports that the air strike hit an empty hillside without hurting any militants.

Tensions have been running high since Indian aircraft crossed into Pakistan this past Tuesday, carrying out what India called a pre-emptive strike against militants blamed for a February 14 suicide bombing in Indian-controlled Kashmir that killed 40 Indian troops.

A Pakistani Kashmiri carries his belonging and walks through a market at his hometown in Chakoti on the violent border that separates the Himalayan region of Kashmir between Pakistan and India, Saturday, March 2, 2019.

Asad Qaiser said that Pakistan strongly rejects the Indian purported claims of having targeted any installation and resultant casualties.

Pakistan's civil aviation authority said on Sunday it was allowing restricted operations at the Allama Iqbal global airport in the eastern city of Lahore. "But what happened in Abu Dhabi is extremely disturbing for India", said Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari. Kashmir has already been the site of two wars between India and Pakistan. It said it also foiled an attack by Pakistan warplanes over Kashmir and shot down one Pakistani plane.


Indian authorities have arrested more than 300 Jamaat leaders and activists in the past two weeks, accusing the group of supporting attempts to "carve out an Islamic State out of India" by destabilizing the government.

Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser on Sunday wrote letters to 178 parliaments all over the world inviting their attention towards the deteriorating situation in South Asia and the recent aggressive acts of India.

According to the diplomat, India is not interested in escalating tension.

On both sides of Kashmir, thousands of people have fled to government-run temporary shelters or relatives' homes in safer areas to escape deadly and relentless shelling along the frontier.

Mohammad Latif, a laborer who is taking refuge at a government building vacated for sheltering displaced families, says, "Whenever India fire mortars, it's we who suffer".

On Twitter in Pakistan, #PakSymbolofPeace was trending, while in India the top trend was #PakistanJihad.

Tensions have been running high since Indian aircraft crossed into Pakistan on Tuesday, carrying out what India called a pre-emptive strike against militants blamed for a February 14 suicide bombing in Indian-controlled Kashmir that killed 40 Indian troops.

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