‘Manufactured’: India denies allegations of funding Pakistan ‘terror’ | India


India has denied claims by its main enemy Pakistan that the Indian government has helped fund armed groups on Pakistani soil, a Foreign Ministry spokesman calling them “fabricated” and ” products of the imagination ”.Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Saturday accused India of sponsoring “terrorism” aimed at destabilizing the country and undermining its economic partnership with China. He said Islamabad would present its evidence to the United Nations and other international bodies.

“This desperate attempt will find few takers because the international community is aware of Pakistan’s tactics,” Indian Foreign Ministry spokesman Anurag Srivastava said in a statement.

He added that Pakistan itself is funding the rebels – an allegation Islamabad also denies.

“We expect the international community to force India to end its terrorism and bring to justice those responsible for the murder of thousands of innocent people in Pakistan,” Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Twitter.

A Pakistani military statement said India was “training, harboring and launching … terrorists in Pakistan,” from 87 training camps – 66 in Afghanistan and 21 in India.

Neighbors with nuclear weapons – who have fought three wars since both gained independence from the British colonial power – have long accused each other of equipping the rebels.

This desperate attempt will find few takers as the international community is aware of Pakistan’s tactics.

Indian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Anurag Srivastava

But Saturday’s announcement by the foreign minister and the Pakistani military at a press conference in the capital Islamabad provided heightened detail and specific accusations.

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said on Saturday that Islamabad had gathered “compelling” evidence of Indian involvement in “terrorist” activities impacting Pakistan. [File: Farooq Naeem/AFP]

‘Irrefutable Facts’

Pakistani officials said they obtained documents showing India had met with and funded members of the Pakistani Taliban, as well as armed groups in the southern province of Balochistan who claimed responsibility for attacks against Chinese interests in connection with of an effort to sabotage the 65 Chinese dollars. bn Belt and Road investment plan in Pakistan.

“We have irrefutable facts that we will present to the nation and to the international community through this dossier,” said the Pakistani foreign minister.

Major-General Babar Iftikhar, who heads the Pakistan Armed Forces Media and Public Relations Office, presented some of the evidence in the case purporting to show India’s involvement in attacks in Pakistan, including bank receipts showing funding and photos showing alleged perpetrators of attacks inside India. consulate in Jalalabad, Afghanistan.

We have irrefutable facts that we will present to the nation and the international community through this dossier.

Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi

It also released an audio clip purported to record a conversation between an Indian intelligence official and Allah Nazar, who is the leader of the Baloch separatist fighters in southwest Pakistan.

The press conference came a day after at least 10 civilians and five security personnel were killed in cross-border shelling between the two rivals, in one of the deadliest days of this year.

India’s Hindu nationalist government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi stripped Kashmir of limited autonomy last August [File: Anupam Nath/AP Photo]

The Pakistani military said five civilians and one army soldier were killed by shelling by Indian troops across the highly militarized border that separates the Pakistani and Indian sides of Kashmir.

India, meanwhile, has long claimed that Pakistan founded, trained and funded secessionist groups operating in Indian-administered Kashmir, a predominantly Muslim Himalayan region claimed by both countries.

Last August, India’s Hindu nationalist government stripped Kashmir’s limited autonomy and placed the region under direct central rule – a move activists said took away from Kashmiris the democratic right to choose local government.

Also on Sunday, Afghanistan’s foreign ministry “strongly rejected” Pakistani claims that its territory was being used for acts of “terror”.

The Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan expressly declares that as a great victim of terrorism, we are committed to a policy of combating all forms of terrorism without discrimination in the world, and will never allow the use of Afghan territory for destructive purposes. against other countries, ”he said in a statement.


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