The Feb. 20 editorial “India’s response to a deadly attack” was disappointing for its sweeping and one-sided commentary and reliance on unverified Indian media accounts.
The editorial overlooked India’s history of blaming everything that goes wrong in Occupied Jammu and Kashmir, or even in India, on Pakistan. The frenzy that the Indian government has whipped up around the incident has already resulted in innocent Kashmiris being attacked and hounded across India. This is happening on top of the unspeakable atrocities they have suffered over the decades that are duly documented in international reports.
Pakistan was not involved in the Pulwama incident in any way. Already, there are voices within India urging it to look inward instead of blaming Pakistan for events in Kashmir. The editorial spoke of India’s “right to defend itself” without even hinting at the Kashmiris’ “right of self-determination” promised them by the United Nations.
Pakistan wants the Indian government to present the “incontrovertible evidence” it claims to have. The Pakistani prime minister has offered India cooperation and action if credible evidence is provided. We expect India to respond positively to these offers.
As a victim of cross-border terrorism, Pakistan is ready to work with India and others to address this menace in our region. India should be counseled restraint because, as Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan said, starting a war is easy but “ending it would not be in our hands.” Pakistan will respond if India resorts to any aggression or adventurism.
Abid Saeed, Washington
The writer is the spokesperson of the Embassy of Pakistan.