ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: Pakistan has categorically rejected the baseless and irresponsible accusations being levelled by Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh, saying it is a blatant attempt to deflect attention from the fast deteriorating humanitarian and human rights situation in the Indian Occupied Kashmir.
In a statement issued on Monday, the Prime Minister’s Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz said that Pakistan has noted with serious concern the recent spate of vitriolic and unsubstantiated statements emanating from Indian civil and military leadership in the aftermath of yesterday’s attack on Indian occupation forces in the Uri sector of the Indian Occupied Kashmir.
On Sunday, Rajnath Singh accused Pakistan of being behind an attack on an Indian army base in Uri town of India Occupied Kashmir in which 17 Indian soldiers were killed.
“Pakistan is a terrorist state and it should be identified and isolated as such,” Rajnath Singh said on Twitter.
“I am deeply disappointed with Pakistan’s continued and direct support to terrorism and terrorist groups,” the Indian home minister said.
The foreign affairs advisor said that it needs to be understood that the situation in IOK is not of Pakistan’s making but a direct consequence of illegal Indian occupation and a long history of atrocities that has resulted in over a 100 thousand deaths.
“More than 100 people have died and thousands injured during the recent episode of protest and ongoing curfew in the occupied territory over the past 73 days,” he said.
Sartaj Aziz said that a large number of youth have been blinded by the indiscriminate firing of pellet guns.
“Nobody has been spared the brute state force including the elderly, wounded patients in hospitals as women and children. This should awaken international conscience,” the advisor said.
The advisor further said that it was particularly deplorable that the Indian home minister chose to blame Pakistan for the incident even prior to conducting proper investigation.
“The statement is part of a pattern to mislead world opinion and cover up India’s reign of terror in IOK,” he added.