India may attack Pakistan in mid-April, Islamabad says citing ‘reliable intelligence’

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Qureshi, who said that Pakistan has told the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council about the grave concern, further added that India is planning to attack in between April 16 and 20.

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan asserted again Saturday that his Indian counterpart, Narendra Modi, and his ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) are "whipping up war hysteria and false claims" to try to win the upcoming elections in India. "According to our information, the action could be taken between April 16-20", he added.

"India's claim that one of its fighter pilots shot down a Pakistani F-16 fighter jet in an aerial battle between the two nuclear powers in February appears to be wrong", read a report posted on Thursday on the website of US-based Foreign Policy magazine. India had then carried out a "pre-emptive non-military" air strike across the Line of Control in Balakot at the terror camps of JeM with more than 1000 kgs of bomb.

A suicide vehicle bombing by Pakistan-based militants in Indian-controlled Kashmir killed at least 40 Indian paramilitary police on Feb 14 and the risk of conflict rose dramatically on Feb 27, when India launched an air strike on what it said was a militant training base.

"I am speaking responsibly, I hold a position of responsibility, and I know the words I utter will be picked up by the global media", he said.

On February 14, at least 40 Indian security personnel were killed in a suicide attack targeting a military convey in Indian-occupied Kashmir.

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Indian Defence Ministry's spokesman Lt. Col. Devender Anand said in a statement: "Around 7.30 am, Pakistan initiated the attack violating the ceasefire agreement". Although the attack was initially claimed by a Kashmiri youth, the Jaish-e-Mohammad later took responsibility for it.

"The global community must take notice of India's irresponsible behaviour".

"The worldwide community, given the sensitivity of this flashpoint, should not remain silent", he stated, adding that the global community should and would have to play their role in this regard.

India would not immediately respond to the allegations.

Pakistan on Sunday released 100 imprisoned Indian fishermen as part of a goodwill gesture that would see the phase-wise release of 260 more Indian nationals in the month of April, Express News reported.

Pakistan warned Sunday that rival India is planning to launch a fresh military assault against the country, calling for the worldwide community's urgent diplomatic intervention to deter New Delhi from endangering regional peace and stability.