Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Monday wrote to the UN Secretary General raising its security concerns in the wake of the Pulwama attack carried out by ISI-funded and operated Jaish-e-Muhammad.
Qureshi stated: “It is with a sense of urgency that I draw your attention to the deteriorating security situation in our region resulting from the threat of use of force against Pakistan by India.”
According to the Pakistani minister, the Pulwama attack on the Central Reserve Police Force convoy “was ostensibly and even by Indian accounts carried out by a Kashmiri resident”. “Attributing it to Pakistan even before investigations is absurd,” he added.
“For domestic political reasons, India has deliberately ratcheted up its hostile rhetoric against Pakistan and created a tense environment. It has also hinted that it may abandon the Indus Waters Treaty. This would be a grievous error. It is imperative to take steps for de-escalation. The United Nations must step in to defuse tensions.”
“India must be asked to conduct an open and credible investigation on Pulwama incident. You may also consider asking India to refrain from further escalating the situation and enter into dialogue with Pakistan and the Kashmiris to calm the situation down.”
Meanwhile, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan said his country will retaliate if India launches military strikes. Khan said India was escalating tension by blaming Pakistan for the attack “without any proof”.