Pakistan PM authorizes military response if India attacks

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A suicide bomb-attack on a police convoy in Indian-controlled Kashmir last week killed more than 40 persons, dubbed as the "deadliest" single attack on India for about three decades of conflict in the disputed region. "We offer condolences to the people and the government of India and offer solidarity with the government of India in this hard time as well as offer our deep sympathies to those grievously affected", Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters said, addressing parliament.

The Pulwama attack fall-out has seen a massive backlash from India against Pakistan and cricket has been a major target. Kiwi Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters moved the motion in the Parliament without notice, but it was passed with an absolute majority. Sources said the two figures discussed the country and region's security situation at the meeting.

"I have watched. I have got a lot of reports on it". We will have comment [on it] at an appropriate time.

Following the latest escalation of tensions between Pakistan and India, China on Wednesday called for restraint and said it would engage with India on the issue of listing of Jaish-e-Mohammad leader Maulana Masood Azhar as a global terrorist by the United Nations. She also met with the German Ambassador Martin Kobler.

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Prime Minister Imran Khan Thursday directed Pakistan Army to respond "decisively and comprehensively" to any aggression or misadventure by India.

"China hopes that Pakistan and India can exercise restraint, engage in dialogues and realise an early "soft landing" of this issue", Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said ahead of the next week's trilateral foreign ministers' meeting between China, India and Russian Federation. However, the Indian side rejected the offer with a strong retort.

In the statement, Pakistan reiterated its offer to help investigate the attack and to take action against anyone found to be using Pakistani soil for attacks on India. "No one has been brought to justice for the Mumbai attack", Ayres said.

The situation in Kashmir has been simmering since India's independence from British colonial governance and simultaneous partition of the Indian mainland into the two countries of India and Pakistan in 1947.

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