Rattled by PM Modi's challenge, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Sunday asked his Indian counterpart to "give peace a chance" and assured him 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.
Earlier, a Member of Parliament from Pakistan, Ramesh Kumar Vankwani, on Saturday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi, external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj and junior external affairs minister VK Singh on the sidelines of an event, according to people familiar with the developments.
"Firstly, I would like to thank the Indian government for their welcome. I meet General VK Singh and Prime Minister Modi. I held a good discussion with Sushma Swaraj for 25-30 minutes and have asked her to take things in a positive direction. We want to unite India and Pakistan. War is not a solution. She also shared her grievances and I have given her assurance. I can say that Pakistan Government won't let anyone use its soil for foul play. We want peace. We want to increase trade”, he said after his meeting.
In a video message on social media, Pakistan's Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry said the Punjab government took administrative control of Madrassatul Sabir and Jamia-e-Masjid Subhanallah in Bahawalpur in line with the decisions taken during the National Security Council meeting held on Thursday and as part of the National Action Plan.
Rejecting his earlier announcement that the complex was JeM headquarters, Chaudhry said, "This is the madrassah (seminary) and India is doing propaganda that it is the JeM headquarters."