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‘Is The Pakistan Government Acting As The Spokesperson Of The Jaish-E-Mohammed?’, MEA's Raveesh Kumar

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| March 9 , 2019 , 12:19 IST

Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar during a press conference on Saturday questioned whether Pakistan government was acting as the spokesperson of the militant group Jaish-e-Mohammed as Pakistan has failed to take any credible action against JeM and other terror organizations operating from its soil.

Kumar said, “It is regrettable that Pakistan still continues to deny Jaish-e-Mohammed’s claim of taking ownership of Pulwama attack. Pakistan Foreign Minister said they (JeM) have not claimed responsibility of the attack. Is there is some confusion or is Pakistan defending the Jaishe-Mohammed?”

Raveesh Kumar referred to recent statements from former Pakistan dictator Pervez Musharraf on the Jaish-e-Mohammed operating in the country. Kumar said, “If Pakistan claims to be naya (new) Pakistan with naya soch, then we want to see naya action.”

“Pakistan should end cross border terrorism and must walk the talk. Air strikes by India was not a military action but action against terrorism.”, he further said.

Raveesh also stated that the airstrike conducted by India was not a military action but action against terrorism. Kumar added India would act with “maturity” and “determination” in confronting terrorism.

Reiterating India’s stand Kumar said that there are eyewitness accounts and electronic evidence that Pakistan had deployed F-16 aircraft and that one F-16 was shot down by Wing Commander Abhinandan Vardaman's MiG 21 Bison.

He also said that India has asked the USA to examine whether the use of F-16 against India is in accordance with terms and conditions of sale.

On Nirav Modi’s issue, Kumar said, “All necessary steps are being taken for the extradition of Nirav Modi. We have been aware of his presence in the UK. It(extradition request) is under their(UK Govt) consideration.”

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On Kartarpur corridor issue and arrival of Pakistani officials for March 14 meeting to finalize the process for the opening of the corridor, Kumar said that holding talks doesn't mean a resumption of bilateral ties and added that this is related to the emotions and sentiments of Indian citizens of Sikh faith.