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‘War hysteria’: India rejects Pakistan’s claim of an imminent attack as ‘preposterous’

‘War hysteria’: India rejects Pakistan’s claim of an imminent attack as ‘preposterous’

Islamabad blamed India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for "whipping up war hysteria" over those claims.

"We have reliable intelligence that India has made a new scheme and the planning is underway and there are chances of another aggression against Pakistan and according to our information this action can take place between April 16 and 20", he said.

Pakistan's new Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi listens during a news conference at the Foreign Ministry in Islamabad, Pakistan August 20, 2018. "As per our information, this could take place between April 16 and 20", he said, adding Pakistan's concerns have been communicated to the five permanent members of the UN Security Council.

Qureshi said when India violated the Line of Control (LoC) and Pakistani airspace, the global community remained silent.

However Indian officials have been quick to dismiss the claims, and accused officials of whipping up "war hysteria".

The expose came just days before India goes to vote for the national election and "that's why we fear that India may orchestrate another Pulwama type attack and use it as justification for another military action against Pakistan", said a senior foreign office official quoted by local media.

An Indian jet was brought down during the fight and its pilot captured when he ejected on the Pakistani side of the border.

Relations between the two nuclear-armed neighbours have plummeted since the Febuary 14 Pulwama terror attack which left over 40 CRPF personnel dead.

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The success of Indian air strikes on a camp of the Jaish-e-Mohammed militant group in northwestern Pakistan has also been thrown into doubt after satellite images showed little sign of damage.

In a separate development on Sunday, the Indian Deputy High Commissioner was summoned to the Pakistani Foreign Ministry, which warned India against "any misadventure".

US-based Foreign Policy magazine, citing USA officials, said all of Pakistan's F-16 combat jets had been accounted for, contradicting an Indian air force assessment that it had shot down one of the jets.

Should Pakistan's claim have any credibility, the timing of the attacks is curious.

Pakistan closed its airspace during the standoff but most air traffic has since resumed and the country's biggest airports have reopened.

The following day, Pakistan also flew over the LOC with their jets, a move matched by India the same day.

The 100 people set free on Sunday are mostly fishermen who strayed into Pakistani waters.

The released prisoners were taken to the Karachi Cantonment Railway Station under tight security, where they boarded the Allama Iqbal Express for Lahore.