Imran Khan asks Pak army to 'respond decisively' to any Indian aggression


India's efforts to put Pakistan in the dock over the Pulwama terror attack got a major shot in the arm on Wednesday as three major powers - France, UK and United States - moved a proposal in the UN Security Council to ban Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) as a proscribed organisation under UN Security Council Resolution 1267.

Amid relentless sabre-rattling from Delhi in the aftermath of Pulwama suicide attack, Prime Minister Imran Khan has authorised the armed forces of Pakistan to respond "decisively and comprehensively" to any aggression or misadventure by India.

India blamed Pakistan for the attack, allegations Islamabad vehemently denied.

The prime minister also directed both the Ministry of Interior and security institutions to immediately accelerate actions on the ground.

Pakistan has categorically rejected Indian allegations of any involvement in the attack and offered to launch an investigation if India shared any actionable evidence.

Prior to the meeting, PM Khan also held a meeting with Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa; both the civil-military biggies discussed geo-strategic and national security environment.

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It said Pakistan was "not involved in any way, means or form" in the attack, which it said was "conceived, planned and executed indigenously".

Sheikh Latif, a Pakistani citizen, moved the Lahore High Court on Thursday seeking complete ban on trade and exhibition of Indian films in Pakistan.

The prime minister said that this is a new Pakistan and we are determined to demonstrate to our people that the state is capable of protecting them and believes that monopoly of violence stays with state.

The former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir, and president of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mehbooba Mufti stated that Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is backtracking from their earlier stance on necessity of dialogue with Pakistan and Hurriyat, and that the same issues were the backbone of Agenda of Alliance (AoA) between the two concerned parties in 2014 elections, "I am amazed why BJP has an issue with these things today", she added.

The MEA added, "We demand Pakistan to stop misleading the worldwide community and take credible and visible action against the perpetrators of Pulwama terrorist attack and other terrorists and terror groups operating from areas under their control".