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Pakistan rejects Indian Punjab militancy accusations

Published Jun 06, 2013 05:57pm

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Foreign Office Spokesman Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry briefing the media.—File Photo by APP
Foreign Office Spokesman Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry briefing the media.—File Photo by APP

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Thursday denied New Delhi's allegation that its spy agency was trying to recruit and train extremists to carry out attacks across the border in the Indian state of Punjab.

Indian home minister Sushilkumar Shinde leveled the accusation Wednesday that Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) was pressuring Sikh militant leaders to target Punjab and other parts of India.

“Pakistan rejects those remarks accusing us and implicating one of our government agencies for fomenting terror in Indian Punjab,” said foreign ministry spokesman Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry.

“Such a statement in our view is uncalled for and regrettable. We feel that making such statement has the potential of undermining the efforts made by both sides to normalise the relations between the two countries.”

The Indian home minister had alleged that there had been “some significant development on the Sikh militancy front” and accused the ISI of seeking to further its “terror plans” in India.

Chaudhry urged Delhi to share any evidence it had of such involvement and said further accusations could harm already fragile ties.