India today asserted that the air strikes conducted by Indian Air Force in Balakot are successful while maintaining that the desired objective has been achieved out of it. New Delhi said, if Pakistan claims to be a ‘New Pakistan with New Thinking’, it should take ‘New Action’ against terrorist groups and terror infrastructure on its soil and end cross border terrorism in support of its continued claims. Briefing media in New Delhi, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said, now Pakistan will not be judged by its words, but the action against terrorists.
He said, India is determined to persuade the international community of the necessity of compelling Pakistan to move beyond mere words and to show credible, verifiable and sustained actions. He said, if, as Pakistan claims it has a video recording of the downing of a second Indian aircraft, why have they not shown it to the international media so far. He said, there are eye-witness accounts and electronic evidence that Pakistan deployed F-16 aircraft and one of them was shot down by Wing Commander Abhinandan. Mr Kumar said, the 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 sought an explanation from Pakistan why it continues to deny that its F-16 aircraft has been shot down.
He said, India has asked the United States to examine whether the use of F-16 against India, is in accordance with the terms and conditions of its sale. The spokesperson said, it is regrettable that Pakistan still continues to deny Jaish-e-Mohammed’s own claim of taking ownership of the Pulwama attack. He said, despite the media interviews by Pakistan’s Foreign Minister acknowledging the presence of Jaish-e-Mohammad in Pakistan, the spokesperson of the Pakistan armed forces openly denied the presence of Jaish-e-Mohammad in Pakistan. Asked about listing of Masood Azhar under UNSC committee, Mr Kumar said, India called upon all the members of the security council to ensure that Azhar gets listed as a global proscribed terrorist.
On Kartarpur, the spokesperson said, it is related to emotions and sentiments of Indian citizens. However, he made it clear that the Kartarpur talks are not the resumption of bilateral talks.
Replying to another query on the fugitive offender Nirav Modi, the MEA Spokesperson said, all necessary steps are being taken for his extradition. He said, the extradition request is under UK Government’s consideration.