Amid the simmering tensions between India and Pakistan following the Pulwama terror attack that killed 40 CRPF soldiers, Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Monday stated that India's "dream" of isolating Pakistan will never be fulfilled. Addressing a conference on Kashmir in Islamabad, Qureshi said a number of foreign dignitaries were scheduled to visit Pakistan in near future.
"Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Muhammad will be the chief guest on Pakistan Day Parade on March 23. German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas will pay the visit on March 12 and the EU High Representative will also visit Islamabad soon. India's dream of isolating Pakistan will never be fulfilled. Pakistan was not in favour any conflict with India".
Furthermore, talking about the heightened tensions after the Pulwama attack, he said that India's response was predictable.
"It behaved in the same manner as it did after Mumbai attacks," he said.
"Prime Minister Imran Khan offered help in probe the sucide attack and also announced that Pakistan would not allow its soil to be used against any country. Prime Minister has made it clear that Islamabad would retaliate to any action by New Delhi".
The statement from Pakistan Foreign ministry comes in just a day after rattled Imran Khan on Sunday asked his Indian counterpart to "give peace a chance" and assured that he "stands by" his words and will "immediately act" if New Delhi provides Islamabad with "actionable intelligence" on the Pulwama attack.
Khan's remarks came a day after PM Modi recalled his conversation with Khan during a congratulatory call after he became Pakistan's premier, Modi said he told him "let us fight against poverty and illiteracy" and Khan gave his word - saying he is a Pathan's son - but went back on it.
Addressing the rally in Rajasthan, PM Modi had also said that, "There is consensus in the entire world against terrorism. We are moving ahead with the strength to punish the perpetrators of terrorism...The scores will be settled this time, settled for good...This is a changed India, this pain will not be tolerated...We know how to crush terrorism."
A statement released by the Pakistan Prime Minister's Office said, "PM Imran Khan stand by his words that if India gives us actionable intelligence, we will immediately act." PM Modi should "give peace a chance", Khan said in the statement.
(With inputs from PTI)