Pakistan PM authorizes military response if India attacks

Pakistan PM authorizes military response if India attacks

Pakistan PM authorizes military response if India attacks

"We will divert water from Eastern rivers and supply it to our people in Jammu and Kashmir and Punjab", the Indian minister for Minister of Road Transport & Highways, Shipping and Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation said in the tweets sent out to his 4.42 million followers.

The move underscored a unsafe escalation in tensions between the two nuclear-armed rival nations in the wake of last week's deadly vehicle bombing of an Indian paramilitary convoy in the disputed Kashmir region.

The Pakistani government has authorised its military to "respond decisively and comprehensively to any aggression or misadventure" by neighbouring India, as tensions soar between the nuclear-armed rivals.

Gadkari did not elaborate but officials from his ministry said he was re-stating decisions already taken by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, including a dam project cleared by his cabinet last December.

A suicide bomb-attack on a police convoy in Indian-controlled Kashmir last week killed more than 40 persons, dubbed as the "deadliest" single attack on India for about three decades of conflict in the disputed region.

Colville said the High Commissioner, Michelle Bachelet, is also concerned about reports from India that some elements are using the Pulwama attack as justification for threats and potential acts of violence targeting Kashmiri and Muslim communities living in different parts of India.

Pakistan has demanded India provide evidence for its claims that it supports militant groups and warned of retaliation if India attacks.

A train service still operates between the two countries. "We urge Pakistan to fully cooperate with the investigation into the attack and to punish anyone responsible", he added.

But two Indian government officials dealing with the issue said new information had been provided to the FATF relating to Pakistan after the auto bombing last week in Pulwama district of Kashmir. A third Indian official said details relating to the group's operations were provided to the FATF.

In a first formal reaction to the attack, Prime Minister Imran on Tuesday offered India all possible assistance in investigating the Pulwama incident. "That is why the National Action Plan conceived and issued in 2014, outlined concrete sequenced measures with consensus of all political parties and institutions of Pakistan", Prime Minister elaborated.

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