Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar
Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar during weekly media briefing in New Delhi on March 15, 2018.IANS/MEA

After Pakistan's claim of "Naya Pakistan with Nayi Soch" on Saturday, India has responded back with a strong message saying that if the claims are true, it should show "new action" to end the cross-border terrorism by the terrorist outfits in its soil.

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesman Raveesh Kumar told the media that, "We are seeing the same script that has been played out earlier after the terrorist attacks on our Parliament in December 2001, the Mumbai terrorist attack in November 2008 and the attack on Pathankot airbase in January 2016".

"Pakistan claims to proscribe groups and individuals, but this is confined only on paper. Actually, terrorist groups and individuals continue their activities without hindrance. He also said that they have not shown any serious determination to address the legitimate concerns of India and the global community.

Kumar said that India remains resolute in its determination to persuade the international community towards the necessity of compelling Pakistan to prove their commitments by showing actions rather than words. He also said that Pakistan is still in a state of denial. "We have, and we will continue to act with responsibility and maturity. Our armed forces continue to maintain strict vigil and will remain determined in the defence of the nation and its citizens," Kumar added.

He said that Foreign Secretary Vijay K. Gokhale and the spokespersons of the Indian Armed Forces have already briefed the media on the action taken by New Delhi against the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terror outfit. But Pakistan, however, continues to generate a false account of the events.

Slamming Islamabad for continuing to deny that JeM's roots were in Pakistan, Kumar said: "It is unfortunate that Pakistan still continues to deny JeM's own claim of carrying out the Pulwama attack in which 40 CRPF personnel were killed, reports IANS.

He said that India's non-military counterterrorism strike conducted on February 26 achieved the intended objective and has demonstrated our firm resolve to take decisive action against cross-border terrorism. And Pakistan instead of taking action against terrorist groups in its soil on February 26 chose to escalate through an act of aggression by violating our air space and attempting, unsuccessfully, to target our military facilities.

"We have been transparent and open in informing the media that on February 27, itself that, in the process of defending our national sovereignty and territorial integrity, one MiG 21 Bison was lost in action and Wing Commander Abhinandan had to bail out and landed in Pakistan-Administered-Kashmir

He also questioned Pakistan's claim of gunning down second Indian aircraft asking why they not shown video footage of it to the international media even after more than one week?

"Questions should be asked to them as to where the fuselage of the aircraft is and what has happened to the pilots? As we have already said, there are eye-witness accounts and electronic evidence that Pakistan deployed F-16 aircraft and that one F-16 was shot down by Wing Commander Abhinandan.

"Evidence of the use of AMRAAM Missile, which can only be deployed on the F-16 with Pakistan, has also been shown to the media. He asked Pakistan to explain why it continues to deny that its F-16 aircraft has been shot down? "We have asked the US to also examine whether the use of F16 against India is in accordance with the terms and conditions of sale," Kumar added.

The Ministry spokesman also said that ever since the Pulwama attack, the international community has supported India in their condemnation of the attack. He also highlighted that the UN Security Council had unanimously issued a press statement in which they explicitly referred to the JeM as having claimed responsibility for the attack.

The Indian official questioned whether Pakistan was "defending the JeM and acting as its spokesperson? Does Pakistan's claim has any credibility?"

The MEA reminded Islamabad of the then Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf's 2004 statement when he had made a solemn public commitment that they would not allow any territory under their control to be used for terrorist activity in any manner.

"But till today, however, Pakistan has failed to take any credible action against JeM and other terrorist organisations, which continue to operate with impunity from Pakistan.

"The widespread presence of terrorist camps in Pakistan is public knowledge within and outside Pakistan. Repeated requests by us and the international community for Pakistan to take action against such groups have been met with denial," Kumar said.

"Since February 26, following demands from the international community, Pakistan is again claiming to take fresh action against terror groups on its soil. "In an interview to CNN on February 28, the Foreign Minister of Pakistan said, and I quote 'Well, he is (Masood Azhar) in Pakistan according to my information' unquote," he said.

Despite the media interviews by Qureshi and Musharraf acknowledging the presence of JeM in Pakistan, the spokesperson of the Pakistan armed forces on March 6 openly denied the outfit's presence in the country, he added.

"This statement is a sufficient proof that Pakistan still remains in a state of denial."

(With IANS inputs)