‘Deflection Is Not Cure’: Twitter Responds To Indian Blame Game Over Pulwama Attack
At least 44 India paramilitary soldiers were killed when a van carrying explosives crashed into a convoy carrying the officers. The attack is said to be the deadliest since 2016, in which 19 soldiers were killed.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has accused Pakistan for the attack saying that “we will give a befitting reply, our neighbor will not be allowed to destabilize us”. Not only the government, but several elements in the India media are also busy propagating an anti-Pakistan rhetoric.
Foreign Office Spokesperson Muhammad Faisal has strongly rejected “any insinuation by elements in Indian government and media circles that seek to link the attack to State of Pakistan without investigations”.
Attack in Pulwama in IoK is a matter of grave concern.We have always condemned heightened acts of violence in Valley. We strongly reject any insinuation by elements in Indian government and media circles that seek to link the attack to State of Pakistan without investigations.
— Dr Mohammad Faisal (@ForeignOfficePk) February 14, 2019
Pakistani politicians, activists, journalists among others are also responding to India for blaming Pakistan and fueling hatred among the two countries.
Responding to Shabana Azmi, who said that Pakistan and India cannot continue cultural exchanges in such circumstances, Farhatullah Babar said that he disagrees. The Pakistani politician said “this is exactly what militants and those wanting to keep the pot boiling want. They want an end to such exchanges, end to people coming closer.”
Sorry Azmi Shabana, you are wrong. This is exactly what militants and those wanting to keep the pot boiling want. They want an end to such exchanges, end to people coming closer. They fear peace breaking out in the region. They fear the undermining of their preeminent positions. https://t.co/2F56eA3guR
— Farhatullah Babar (@FarhatullahB) February 16, 2019
PPP leader Sherry Rehman condemned Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s anti-Pakistan statements, and also criticized the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) for failing to respond to the allegations and ‘threat of punitive strikes’.
After #Palwama attack Modi has ratcheted up the anti-Pk rhetoric, laying all the blame on Pakistan. But PTI Govt is busy in a dizzy dance with own political priorities,so no coordinated response to Indian bid to isolate Pakistan,or irresponsible Indian threat of punitive strikes.
— SenatorSherryRehman (@sherryrehman) February 15, 2019
Activist Shehla Rashid said that despite curfew, a mob attacked the Janipur Quarters which is home to Kashmiri families. She said the mob entered the quarters while police was a mere spectator.
Fresh attack on Janipur residents amid curfew JUST NOW. Dear @JmuKmrPolice @jandkgovernor @rajnathsingh how are the residents being attacked amid curfew? How are the mobs being allowed to assault govt servants' families. 100 of the 300 families are Kashmiri Pandits!
— Shehla Rashid شہلا رشید (@Shehla_Rashid) February 16, 2019
Lawyer and activist Imaan Mazari condemned India’s blame game saying that ‘systematic oppression cannot go on forever’. She said India wants to blame Pakistan for the Pulwama Attack ‘instead of introspecting and re-evaluating its own appalling treatment of Kashmiris.’
Systematic oppression cannot go on forever: lesson from occupations & state brutality all over the world, from Iraq to West Papau.Yet, India wants to blame Pak for Pulwama instead of introspecting & re-evaluating it's own appalling treatment of Kashmiris.Deflection is not a cure.
— ایمان زینب (@ImaanZHazir) February 16, 2019
India on Friday announced the withdrawal of Most Favoured Nation status for Pakistan. The decision was made after Indian PM Modi was briefed over the Pulwama Attack.
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