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Arun Jaitley to Imran Khan: Pakistan leadership riding a tiger, tiger never spares its own rider

Pulwama Terror Attack: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has said that  India will act in a decisive against Pakistan because it was "not willing to give up its traditional role in our neighbourhood as a rogue state."

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New Delhi Published on: February 23, 2019 10:24 IST
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Arun Jaitley to Imran Khan: Pakistan leadership riding a tiger

India will exercise all options, diplomatic or otherwise, to win a decisive battle against Pakistan which is responsible for the Pulwama terror attack, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said on Friday. Describing Pakistan as a "rogue state", he said it is not acting against perpetrators of the attack, though the guilty have themselves admitted to the attack and were taking credit for it.

Referring to Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan's speech, Mr Jaitley said, "the head of the government says, give me actionable intelligence. You need an actionable intelligence if it is a blind offence, but here is a man sitting in your own country who owned up to the offence. So when there is a confession...You have people sitting in your own country and admitting to the offence and saying that yes we have done it and taking credit for it".

On Friday, India TV showed how Pakistan security had taken charge of the Jaish-e-Mohammed headquarters in Bahawalpur. 

India Tv - Pakistan takes over Jaish headquarters

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Pakistan takes over Jaish headquarters

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Jaitley also warned Pakistan that sheltering Masood Azhar was like riding a tiger and tiger won't spare it's rider.

Pakistan leadership, he said, is "riding a tiger on this issue, and a tiger never spares its own rider".

More than 40 paramilitary personnel died in a terrorist attack on February 14 in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama. 

India is furious, he said, adding "In my lifetime, we have seen wars, we have seen human tragedies, we have seen prime ministers assassinated by terrorists. But the kind of anger which has been there, even on previous occasions, the one this time is unprecedented."

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has already stated that India will exercise all its instruments at its command, whether it is diplomatic or otherwise.

Therefore, we have to act in a manner that this battle has to be decisively won by us because Pakistan is not willing to give up its traditional role in our neighbourhood as a rogue state," the finance minister added.

"This is not a one-week battle. It should be undertaken in various forms," he said, while speaking at the Global Business Summit in Delhi.

Therefore, we have to act in a manner that this battle has to be decisively won by us because Pakistan is not willing to give up its traditional role in our neighbourhood as a rogue state," the finance minister added.

On India playing cricket with Pakistan

The Committee of Administrators or CoA running Indian cricket on Friday decided against taking any stand on the World Cup clash against Pakistan, which is scheduled for June 16 in Old Trafford in England, but said it would individually urge ICC members to "sever ties with any nation that is a terrorist hub".

In a meeting to address the spiralling speculation around the match, the CoA deliberated on the matter but did not take any position for now.

There is also a view that India stand to lose by boycotting Pakistan in the upcoming cricket World Cup as it will lose points, harming its prospect in the championship.

(With PTI inputs)

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