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Pakistan rejects Indian Punjab militancy accusations


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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.

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Ahmedj Jun 06, 2013 06:35pm

One must see "Sadda Haq" a punjabi film about a sikh man who joins a militant group. The film draws attention to real-life torture against Sikhs in India in the 1980s.

The film is reportedly been banned by state governments in Punjab and other regions in India. The movie is an eye opener for the Sikh community all over the world which shows both sides of the story.

Javed Jun 06, 2013 06:42pm

Well said. This rhetoric of accuses without any evidence sharing must be discouraged. Officials indulging in such mud slinging are probably trying to undermine any advancement in peace and prosperity on both sides of the border.

krishna prasad Jun 06, 2013 06:43pm

If the statement has come from a high profile home minister of a country, simply brushing the accusations aside for the sake of defending Pakistan's interests diplomatically, would not solve the issue. If in reality, if the state agency finds it necessary to carry out such operations to disrupt law and order of another country, thereby harming civilians, it has the potential to boomrang against the perpetrators once it is proved. Then it would be too late to stop the war between the two countries and could prove diastrous for both pakistan and India together.

Waqas Ahmed Jun 06, 2013 07:33pm

May be Indians are afraid that Taliban militants would start a rein of terror in India, and the blame would fall flat on sikhs as both Taliban and sikhs look similar

Jamshed Khan Jun 06, 2013 07:54pm

Acquisations, acquisations... such statements within a few days of positive vibes..this shows how serious is India to normalise relations with Pakistan.

Jamil Ahmed Jun 06, 2013 08:00pm

If Pakistan is doing it then a good news. This will teach Indians a lesson not to foment trouble in Pakistan.

BRR Jun 06, 2013 08:36pm

All canned accusations and canned reactions. Nothing new from both sides, and not news anymore.

A human Jun 06, 2013 08:53pm

Dear Pak, Please remeber the old syaing "As you sow so shall you reap" so please for God sake don't do what you don't want to happen with your country.

asoka Jun 06, 2013 11:50pm

It is said that a dog's curly tail can never be straightened no matter how hard you try. Same is the case with Pakistan. Even though economic crisis is so deep, it cannot leave its habit of formenting trouble in India. History will tell many incidents where such mentalities were defeated in the long run.

Ranjit Jun 08, 2013 12:12am

Sikhs have a legitimate claim since 1947 for a homeland of their own called Khalistan. The Indian government is on one hand denying the Sikhs a homeland and at the same time trying to make matters worse for Pakistan in the eyes of the international community. Sikhs will one day taste independence as did India and Pakistan all those years ago.

Bharat Jun 08, 2013 06:24am

I am not too sure that it matters if Pakistan does not have good relationship with India. It is really in Pakistan's interest - both financially and socially to get along well with India. India should now start look towards Myanmar as a future friend - look east not west

ajay vikram singh Jun 09, 2013 04:33am

Your govt lies to you that india promote any sort of terrorism in pakistan. your govt also lies to you when they say, they are not doing it in india. Pakistani govt, its establishment has been promoting terrorism in india for past 65 years. Zia ul haq openly supported and trained sikh militancy. kashmir is an open secret. Kasab was not a pakistani? i mean, which world you live in to, if you dont believe it. One day like talibans all these acts will return to haunt you.