Tension gripped in Kashmir as the government launched a massive crackdown on separatists and detained hundreds from Jamaat-e-Islami, Jammu and Kashmir, including its chief Abdul Hamid Fayaz. On February 23, the Centre had rushed in 100 additional companies of paramilitary forces (45 companies of CRPF, 35 from BSF and 10 each from SSB and ITBP) to the valley on an ‘urgent’ basis. But despite PM Modi saying that India’s fight is for Kashmir and not against Kashmiris, people have lined up at petrol pumps, hoarding groceries and medicines, in what many believe could be the start of the unrest.
Amid all this, former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf has said that If Islamabad decides to launch even a single nuclear attack on the neighbouring country, India could “finish” Pakistan with 20 bombs.
Karachi-based newspaper Dawn quoted Musharraf as saying:
“Indian and Pakistan relations have again reached a dangerous level. There will be no nuclear attack. If we would attack India with one atomic bomb, then the neighbouring country could finish us by attacking with 20 bombs. Then the only solution is that we should first attack them with 50 atom bombs so that they cannot hit us with 20 bombs. Are you ready to first launch an attack with 50 bombs?”
He also said that if India launched any attack in Kashmir, Pakistan could respond in other areas in Sindh and Punjab and “could teach them a lesson”.
Meanwhile, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to “give peace a chance” and said Pakistan will “immediately act” if India provides “actionable intelligence” on the Pulwama terror attack. His appeal comes as PM Modi asked him to bring to justice the perpetrators of Pulwama, if he was indeed a “Pathan’s son”.
There are media reports that suggest that The National Investigation Agency (NIA), investigating the Pulwama terror attack case, has seen visible Pakistani footprint in the attack. NIA investigators are looking into how the the Jaish-eMohammed (JeM) operatives behind the attack procured the RDX.