Pakistan action on terror dossier only if proof is solid: Maleeha Lodhi

New York: Pakistan’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Maleeha Lodhi on Tuesday said that Islamabad is examining the dossier given by New Delhi on the Pulwama attack and added that it will take action only if there is something “solid” in it. “It was only in the last couple of days that so-called dossier has been handed over to us by New Delhi. We are examining it, if it has something solid on which we need to act then we will act and if there is no solid evidence we cannot act,” said Lodhi in a video posted by Radio Pakistan.

This comes a day after Pakistani media claimed that the dossiers “contain no actionable evidence” on the basis of which its government could take action against Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) or its chief Masood Azhar. New Delhi gave the dossiers to Islamabad after Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan promised to act against JeM if “actionable evidence” was provided.

JeM, which is based in Pakistan, had carried out a ghastly terror attack on a CRPF convoy on February 14 in Pulwama district of Kashmir, killing 40 security personnel. The terror outfit had claimed responsibility for it and issued the video of the suicide bomber.

Not aware of any request from the US on F 16: Pak envoy to US
Washington: Pakistan’s ambassador to the US Asad Majeed Khan has said he is not aware of any request made by the US about the use of F-16 fighter jets by his country in the recent aerial confrontation with India. The Indian Air Force on Thursday displayed parts of an AMRAAM beyond visual range air-to-air missile as evidence to “conclusively” prove that Pakistan deployed US-manufactured F-16 fighter jets during an aerial raid targeting Indian military installations in Kashmir after India’s anti-terror operation in Balakot. Pakistan on Wednesday categorically said that no F-16 fighter jets were used and denied that one of its planes had been downed by the Indian Air Force.

The US State Department has said that America is seeking more information from Pakistan on the potential misuse of American-made F-16 fighter jets by it against India in violation of the end-user agreement. “On F-16, I don’t know, India has been alleging so many other things. We don’t get into every single one of them. I am not aware of request from the US side about the F 16,” Khan told a Washington audience at the US Institute of Peace, a Congress-funded think-tank, on Monday.

Asked about the media reports saying that US is seeking more information on the alleged misuse of F-16 against India in a potential violation of the end-user agreement, he said: “I think the question is whether the Pakistan is prevented by (end-user-agreement)”.

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