Pakistan will give a befitting response to India, says FM Qureshi

Zarghoon Shah
Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said India's economic conditions have worsened and its minorities were dissatisfied with the government but it was doing so to divert attention from its internal situation.

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Monday responded to India's blatant threat of an airstrike on Pakistan, saying New Delhi should dare not make such a blunder because Islamabad knew how to defend itself.

"Let me make it clear to Amit Shah that if India made the mistake of attacking, we will give a befitting response," Qureshi said. "If India attacks, there will be an immediate response."

The foreign minister emphasised that India should stop making empty threats.

Referring to the Indian home minister statement from earlier today, he said Shah's comments were irresponsible and that the world should take notice.

"Pakistan has always talked of peace but India is playing with the lives of innocent people," Qureshi said.

"Amit Shah should tell what he thinks of Laddakh. Why does India not launch a surgical strike on Laddakh? Why is the Indian media silent on the Laddakh issue?"

The foreign minister said the minorities in India were dissatisfied with the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government but that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) administration "wished to shift the blame of its failures on Pakistan".

"India's economic conditions have worsened. India has reached the extreme in committing atrocities in Kashmir. And India wants to sabotage the Afghan peace process," Qureshi said, adding that New Delhi was threatening Pakistan to divert attention from its internal situation.