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23 Feb 2019

Pakistan writes to UNSC, accuses India of threatening regional security

India using 'water as weapon': Pakistan Foreign Minister

Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has written a letter to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) accusing India of threatening regional security, the Foreign Office said yesterday.

Pakistan wrote to UNSC President Anatolio Ndong Mba a day after the powerful UN body named Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) in a statement condemning the "heinous" Pulwama attack perpetrated by the terror outfit in Jammu & Kashmir.

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India using 'water as weapon': Pakistan Foreign Minister
India accusing Pakistan for Pulwama attack without any proof: Qureshi

Pulwama attack

India accusing Pakistan for Pulwama attack without any proof: Qureshi

Qureshi also said that India is accusing Pakistan for the Pulwama attack without any proof.

"It is with a sense of urgency that I draw your attention to the deteriorating security situation in our region resulting from Indian belligerence and threats of use of force against Pakistan," Qureshi said in the letter.

"The situation poses a threat to international peace and security," he said.


India got international support from UNSC comprising of 15 nations

The Foreign Minister alleged that India is blaming Pakistan for the Pulwama attack "to cover up its own operational and policy failures."

On Thursday, in a strong show of international support for India, the UNSC comprising 15 nations, including Pakistan's key ally China, named JeM while condemning in the "strongest terms" the "heinous and cowardly" terror attack in Pulwama.

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Bring those who are accountable for attack to justice: UNSC


Bring those who are accountable for attack to justice: UNSC

UNSC stressed on the need to hold organizers of such "reprehensible acts of terrorism" accountable.

"The members of the Security Council underlined the need to hold perpetrators, organizers, financiers, and sponsors of these reprehensible acts of terrorism accountable and bring them to justice, and urged all States...to cooperate actively with the Government of India and all other relevant authorities in this regard," it said.


Pakistan accused India of using 'water as a weapon'

In his letter, Qureshi also accused the Indian Government of using "water as a weapon".

"The long-standing legal arrangements agreed under the Indus Waters Treaty (IWT) are thus being imperiled," he said.

India has decided to "stop" the flow of its share of water to Pakistan from rivers under the Indus Water Treaty amid mounting Indo-Pak tension after the Pulwama terror attack.

India revoked MFN status to Pakistan after Pulwama terror attack


India revoked MFN status to Pakistan after Pulwama terror attack

The terror attack in J&K has triggered demands for action against the neighboring country.

India has already decided to revoke the Most Favoured Nation status to Pakistan and mounted a diplomatic offensive to isolate it in the international community.

However, Qureshi said Pakistan has offered to cooperate with India if it shares any proof of involvement of Pakistani elements in the Pulwama attack.


Pakistan offered to cooperate if India provides tangible evidence

"Pakistan has offered its cooperation if tangible evidence emerging from the credible investigation is shared," Qureshi wrote in the letter.

On Tuesday, India had said, "Disclaiming any link between the terrorist attack and Pakistan is an oft-repeated excuse by Pakistan."

"It is a well-known fact that Jaish-e-Mohammad and its leader Masood Azhar are based in Pakistan," it said.

JeM location is sufficient proof for Pakistan: India

"These (JeM and Masood Azhar) should be sufficient proof for Pakistan to take action," the External Affairs Ministry said. Meanwhile, Qureshi said that India "must refrain from escalating the situation and enter into dialogue with Pakistan" to ensure continued peace and stability in South Asia.

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