A day after IAF surgical strike against JeM’s biggest terror training camp in PoK, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj asserted today that New Delhi carried out the pre-emptive action after Pakistan refused to act against the terror group, following deadly Pulwama terror attack.
Speaking at a meeting held on the side-lines of Russia, India, China Foreign Ministers meeting in China, she recalled that India had lost 40 soldiers in Pulwama attack. “Such dastardly attacks are a reminder that all countries should take action against terrorism” she added.
Sushma Swaraj deplored that despite the strike, Pakistan denied any knowledge of the event. Stating that India was forced to act as it was informed that Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad was planning more attacks in India. She clarified that it was not a military attack. It was only a pre-emptive to destroy terrorism.
Raising the issue of Pulwama attack at the trilateral meeting, she said “I am visiting China at a time when there is grief and anger in India. It is the worst terrorist attack directed against our security forces in Jammu and Kashmir. The attack was carried out by Jaish-e-Muhammed, the Pakistan-based and supported terrorist organisation.”
Stating that the JeM is banned by the UN and other countries, Swaraj told Wang that “this terrorist attack is the direct result of the impunity and cover provided to the JeM and its leaders by the Pakistani side. After the Pulwama attack the entire UN has spoken with full voice to condemn it, she added.
Swaraj who arrived here early this morning told Wang that this is their first meeting this year and therefore an opportune time for the two sides to take stock of the bilateral relations and look ahead for cooperation.
Referring to the Wuhan summit between Prime Minister, Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping, Swaraj said “we have made substantial progress in relations”. “It is important for both sides to make sure the through and effective implementation of the guidance given by the two leaders,” she told Wang, adding that both side made efforts and “we should sustain this”.