In September 2016, just a day before the-then Pakistani Premier, Nawaz Sharif, was gearing up to address the United Nations General Assembly and apprise the world of the Indian atrocities in Held Kashmir, those at the helm of affairs in New Delhi had yet again accused Pakistan of attacking a military camp in Occupied Kashmir without any substantial proof.
India had actually wanted to dilute the effects of Nawaz Sharif’s speech at the United Nations. Well, India keeps spelling out this rhetoric and the timing of airing such concocted and fabricated fairy tales is extremely significant.
On January 2, 2016, after the Pathankot Air Base in Indian Punjab was reportedly/allegedly attacked by militants, a banned outfit “Jaish-e-Muhammad” was promptly blamed by key government functionaries in New Delhi, instead of first apprehending the miscreants and carrying out the necessary combat operations to clear the facility.
Within hours, an internal probe had thrown an egg on Indian government’s face. On June 2, 2016, as “Zee News” had reported, the Director General of Indian National Investigation Agency, Sharad Kumar, said that there was no evidence to indicate the direct complicity of the Pakistani government or the Pakistani agencies at the Pathankot attack.
The “Zee News” had quoted Kumar as saying: “No evidence suggests that Pakistan government or Pakistani government agency was helping Jaish–e–Mohammed or Masood Azhar or his aides to carry out Pathankot attack.”
Following Director General Kumar’s statement, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Islamabad had said the Indian inquiry had vindicated Pakistan’s longstanding position in the context of Pathankot.
The statement by the Pakistani Foreign Office had added, “The spirit of cooperation is manifested in the action we (Pakistan) took in the wake of the alleged incident.” It is worth recalling that the Pathankot Air Base attack had occurred just days after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi had paid a ‘surprise’ visit to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on his birthday and the occasion of his granddaughter’s wedding; a move that appeared to promise better relations between the two nuclear rivals.