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Wont escalate situation with Pak, but won’t keep quiet if attacked: Sushma Swaraj

By Anuj Cariappa

New Delhi, Mar 14: External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj said she conveyed to several countries post Pulwama attack that India will not escalate the situation with Pakistan but if there is any other terror attack from that country, then it will not remain silent.

External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj

In an address at a think tank on Modi government's foreign policy, she said Pakistan was worried that India would escalate the situation and she was contacted by a number of foreign ministers over it.

"I used to receive calls from foreign ministers who used to first condole the Pulwama attack, then express their solidarity and then they used to softly say that we think India will not escalate the situation," she said.

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"To which I used to reply that no, I assure you India will not escalate the situation but if there is any other terror attack then we will not remain silent as we cannot say Pulwama is our destiny," she said.

Tensions between India and Pakistan escalated after Indian fighter jets bombed terror group Jaish-e-Muhammed's biggest training camp near Balakot deep inside Pakistan on February 26.

Pakistan retaliated by attempting unsuccessfully to target Indian military installations. However, the IAF thwarted its plans.

The Indian strike on the JeM camp 12 days after the terror group claimed responsibility for a suicide attack on a CRPF convoy in Kashmir, killing 40 soldiers.


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