Foreign Office declared Thursday that Pakistan is pursuing policy of good neighbourliness, but the armed forces and people of the country are prepared to defend our sovereignty and territorial integrity at any cost in case of any foreign aggression.
Foreign Office spokesperson Nafees Zakaria, speaking at his weekly media briefing, refuted the Indian allegations of Pakistani involvement in the Uri attack, describing these as part of India’s attempts to divert the international community’s attention away from its actions in the Indian-held Kashmir (IHK).
“Minutes after the attack, the Indian authorities blamed Pakistan for the incident without even investigating the matter.
It is either a strategy or a matter of habit on their part to blame Pakistan for any incident in India, especially in IOK,” he said, adding “we totally reject these unfounded, baseless and uninvestigated accusations levelled against Pakistan.”
First of all, Pakistan has nothing to gain from such incidents, he said. Secondly, we must understand the backdrop and context of such occurrences, he said, referring to the current situation in the Indian-held Kashmir.
He referred to certain incidents in the recent past like the Samjhauta Express terrorist attack of 2007, when India was quick in blaming Pakistan for the incident.
But in 2010, the leader of their extremist and terrorist organisation RSS, Swami Aseemanand, confessed that he was the mastermind behind the terrorist attack, Zakaria pointed out.
He said that Swami also publicly stated that Col Parohit, an active service Army officer, who heads the terrorist organisation, Abhinav Bharat, along with other army personnel were also with him.
Asked whether Pakistan is ready to extend co-operation to India in the probe into Uri attack, he avoided a direct response but referred to Pakistan’s “spirit of co-operation”, adding when the Indians approached us with the formal requests in the case of Mumbai attacks, we extended full co-operation despite the fact that it was India, which was lacking in terms of responding to Pakistan’s requirements.
In case of the Pathankot attack, he said Pakistan sent its team over there. “Thus, we have extended co-operation in the two instances,” he added.
He further said India has been making desperate attempts to divert the world attention from the situation in IOK, adding the recent statements of UN Secretary General, OIC Secretary General, in particular, and UN Human Rights High Commissioner, condemning and expressing deep concern at the atrocities in Kashmir, are a testimony to this effect.
He stated the situation of human rights violations has reached alarming levels. “We condemn the continued killing of Kashmiris, including children, and call upon the UN Secretary General, UN Human Rights High Commissioner and International Community, particularly the civil societies and those spearhead causes of human rights to condemn the killing of innocent Kashmiris and take steps towards stopping bloodshed in IOK,” he added.
To a question regarding military movement/preparedness and PAF’s exercise amid growing tension, he described these as routine exercises.
“We have seen all those inflammatory and irresponsible statements emanating from India coupled with a hype created by Indian media,” he said, adding Pakistan is a peace loving country, and we pursue our Prime Minister’s vision of peaceful neighbourliness.
“Having said that let me be clear that our armed forces and the entire nation of Pakistan remain ready to defend our country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity at all costs,” he added.
About Indian involvement in terror activities in Pakistan, he said that Pakistan has been consistently highlighting India’s role in subversive and terrorist activities in the country, adding the law enforcement agencies recently apprehended a RAW operative who confessed Indian role in terrorist activities in Pakistan especially in Balochistan and Karachi.
“The recent statement by the Indian Prime Minister on the Independence Day of India was yet another proof of Indian involvement in perpetrating terrorism and terror financing in Pakistan,” he said, adding Pakistan shared dossiers with the UN Secretary General as well as the US government last year in this regard.
He said Pakistan will keep the international community informed regarding fresh evidences, indicating Indian involvement in subversive and terrorist activities in Pakistan.
Responding to another query regarding Indian government’s willingness to give political asylum to Baloch separatist Brahamdagh Bugti, he said “we have seen the media reports…such developments add to the fact that India is deeply involved in stirring up situation in Balochistan through terror financing and perpetrating terrorism in Pakistan”.
Asked whether a separate dossier regarding Kulbhushan Yadav’s public confession will also be shared with the UN, he said these kinds of matters take their own time to be completed.
“Once the propitious time has arrived, and the investigation is ready to be shared, it will be done. But dossier or no dossier, this is public information that India has repeatedly been caught in terror financing, and instigating subversive activities in Pakistan,” he added.
Commenting on the stance of US Congressmen such as Bob Corner and State officials like Spokesperson Richard Olson against Pakistan as well as a Bill in the Congress to designate Pakistan as terrorist state, Zakaria said that Pakistan’s leadership has time and again reiterated our resolve not to allow anyone to use Pakistan’s territory for planning or staging terrorist activities against any other country.
Through successful operation Zarb-e-Azb, he pointed out, Pakistan has been able to clear FATA of all terrorist groups without any discrimination.
As part of the National Action Plan (NAP), Pakistan has also carried out intelligence driven law enforcement operations indiscriminately against terrorist elements, he added.
He maintained there is a widespread recognition and appreciation of the world, including the US, on Pakistan’s successes as well as our sacrifices in counter-terrorism efforts.
“Where there are numerous friends of Pakistan in the US ranks, there are some odd detractors as well,” he added.
To a question about Abdul Rahimi, a suspect in the recent terror attack in New York, he said the man is an Afghan origin US national and he has been living in the US since 1995.
“Hundreds of thousands of Afghan refugees reside in Quetta, and everyday scores of them cross into their motherland.
Even those Afghans who reside in other countries transit through Pakistan to reach Afghanistan,” he said, adding there is nothing unusual about it.
He further said that it was earlier reported that his (Rahimi’s) wife is a Pakistani which is incorrect information, adding according to the preliminary information gathered, she is also an Afghan national, born in Kabul in 1991.
Referring to Indian media attribution to the Nepal’s Prime Minister’s statement in which he made negative remarks about Pakistan’s alleged involvement in terrorism, he said that Nepali spokesperson’s, through a press release, rejected the Indian media attribution to the country’s prime minister. -Business Recorder