A day after IAF chief’s press conference, Naval chief Sunil Lanba at an event said that the Indo-pacific region has witnessed multiple forms of terrorism in recent years and few countries in “this part of world have been spared by this cause”.
“Global nature which terrorism has acquired in recent times has further enhanced the scope of this threat,” the navy chief said.
Referring to the Pulwama attack, the Navy chief Lanba said: “India however faces a far more serious version of this state-sponsored terrorism. We have all witnessed the horrific scale of extremists attack on Indian state of J&K, just 3 weeks ago.”
On Februrary 14th, a JeM terrorist had rammed a car laden with explosives into a bus leading to the death of over 40 CRPF personnel. India later conducted air strikes inside Pakistan at Balakot on JeM hideouts which later led Pakistan Air Force to retaliate last week.
“This violence was perpetuated by extremists, aided by a state which seeks to destabilise India,” the Navy chief said referring to Pakistan.
“We also have reports of terrorists being trained to carry out operations in various modus operandi including through the medium of the sea,” Sunil Lanba informed.
Meanwhile, Pakistan information minister Fawad Chaudhry denied Indian accusations that Pakistan was involved in the February 14th attack at Pulwama. He, however, added that his government had decried to crackdown on terrorists claiming that the decision to act was taken at a meeting of the National Security Committee before the suicide bombing in J&K.
After the bombing and subsequent air strikes by India, the United States, Britain and France proposed last week that the UN Security Council blacklist the head of JeM, Masood Azhar.
In an interview with an US based news channel, Pakistan’s foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi had said that Azhar was in Pakistan and “really unwell”.
Report later indicated that Pakistan may not resist the UNSC move this time. China had earlier blocked the vote thrice in 2009, 2016 and 2017.