Pakistan on Monday categorically rejected Indian External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar’s remarks insinuating at the former’s alleged involvement in “international terrorism”.
“His unfounded remarks are yet another manifestation of the Indian leaders’ obsession to concoct facts with respect to terrorism for misleading the international community, and to point fingers at neighbours in a bid to mask India’s own well-know credentials as a state-sponsor of terrorism and a serial violator of human rights,” the Foreign Office said in a statement.
Nowhere, the FO said, was state-terrorism more evident than in held Jammu & Kashmir where over 900,000 Indian occupation forces continue to terrorise, torture and torment innocent Kashmiris with impunity. “The world is also aware of the saffron terror orchestrated and unleashed by the BJP-RSS zealots against Muslims in India.”
Pakistan, the statement said, was the only country in the world that had “stemmed the tide of terror directed against it from elements and states with inimical motives.” “In reality, India has been involved in supporting terrorism against Pakistan from its own territory and from other countries in the region,” the FO said.
A “pathological” India was running a “mischevious campaign” masquerading as a “victim of terrorism” aspiring to fool the comity of nations by slandering Pakistan, the statement said. “India’s mischievous campaign to masquerade as a victim of terrorism and seeking to hoodwink the world community by hypocritically leveling allegations against Pakistan is pathological.”
The FO concluded the statement by urging the world to hold India accountable. “Pakistan calls upon the international community to hold India accountable for its patronage of terrorist entities and for instigating unrest in neighboring countries.”
In a thinly-veiled swipe at Pakistan, the Indian external affairs minister said just like India was an expert in informational technology its neighbour was an expert in international terrorism. The minister made the remarks at an event in Vadodara, a city in India’s state of Gujarat.
“We have a neighbour. Like we are experts in information technology they are experts in international terrorism. It has been going on for years. Terrorism is terrorism,” he said. Jaishankar’s remarks were met with applause from those present.