Pakistan rejects Indian defence minister’s baseless allegations

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: Pakistan on Tuesday rejected the baseless allegations leveled by the Indian Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman against it regarding an army camp in Jammu & Kashmir, and termed them premature and inopportune.

On Monday, the Indian defence minister while talking to media in Jammu accused the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed militant group of attacking on an army camp in Indian Kashmir, and warned that “Pakistan will pay for this misadventure.”

That attack – which occurred early Saturday, left five Indian soldiers and one civilian dead and 10 people including women and children injured.

“The Indian allegations are premature and inopportune, especially as India itself admits that the operation still continued and investigations had just started, when these comments were made,” the Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal said a statement issued in Islamabad today responding to a question regarding the recent comments of the Indian defence minister.

The Spokesperson said that the now familiar Indian tendency of apportioning blame to Pakistan, without a shred of evidence, is regrettable.

“We have repeatedly seen India arrogating to itself the role of judge, jury and executioner. The reflex assignment of blame and smear campaigns, based on unfounded allegations, carry no credibility,” he said.

Dr Faisal said that more deplorable is the threatening tone of the Indian comments that achieves nothing but further vitiates the already tense environment marked by unprecedented ceasefire violations by India on the Line of Control (LoC) and the Working Boundary.

“Pakistan is fully committed and capable of defending itself against any act of aggression,” the Spokesperson said.

“We expect the international community to take cognizance of the belligerent and repeated Indian statements against Pakistan, which are not only against international law but also threatens regional peace and stability,” he added.

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