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Pak High Commissioner Abdul Basit rubbishes Indian surgical strike claims

Updated Oct 12, 2016 09:42pm

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Pakistan's High Commissioner to New Delhi Abdul Basit in an interview with India Today rejected Indian claims of a 'surgical strike' across the Line of Control (LoC) on Wednesday.

"As far as the government of Pakistan is concerned, there was no surgical strike whatsoever, otherwise they would have responded immediately," he said.

When 'video evidence' of the strike was brought up during the interview, Basit rubbished the claim. "There can't be any video... Because the surgical strike did not take place."

"No surgical strike across the LoC was conducted in the dark hours of Sept 29," he reiterated.

'Closing all doors for cooperation'

Responding to a question about investigation into the Uri attack, Basit said, "We would like to get out of this blame game, so why not get an international investigation into this incident?"

"You did not leave any room for cooperation. When you start blaming Pakistan and terming us as a terrorist state, you are closing all the doors for cooperation," the high commissioner said.

"If India believes Pakistan has done it then the best way forward would be to have an international probe."

The high commissioner added that when both sides commence a dialogue process, resolution of issues can be taken forward.

"When we're not talking to each other, then this cooperation is not possible," Basit said, adding that Pakistan's investigation into the Pathankot air base attack was ongoing.

'Some forces trying to undermine Pakistan'

When questioned about Balochistan, the Basit said, "The people of Balochistan are as patriotic as people in other parts of Pakistan but we do have worries because there is a larger question of a foreign agenda of destabilising Pakistan," he said.

"You would recall that earlier this year we arrested a man called Kulbhushan Jadhav, and that corroborated what Pakistan has been saying all along. So to that extent, we are worried... Some forces are trying to undermine Pakistan," he added.

'Saarc a collective loss'

The high commissioner termed postponement of the Saarc summit a "collective loss" for all countries involved. "We are confident that Pakistan will host the 19th summit ─ if not this year, then sometime next year," Basit said.

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Nadeem Oct 12, 2016 08:42pm

Some of Pakistan's officials deserve special applause. Mr. AbdulBasit and Ms. Maliha Lodhi are two of them. May God bless them for the sincere services to their homeland.

AWAIS Oct 12, 2016 09:03pm

Very straight forward and to the point response.

Mantrill Oct 12, 2016 09:09pm

Mr. Bashit. Is a fantastic diplomat and deserves credit the way he put the points across.

wellwisher Oct 12, 2016 09:11pm

very good civilian officer.

shaffiq qureshi Oct 12, 2016 09:33pm

Well done Mr basit...very good stand

Shakeel Ahmed Oct 12, 2016 09:34pm

Excellent level of diplomacy shown by Pakistan. The "surgical" subject is done and dusted so let us concentrate on finding new, strong and clean leaders to set us on a path of greatness.

Sam Oct 12, 2016 09:38pm

As an Indian, I see nothing wrong with Mr Bashit's demand. India should present the evidence first and then take action.

Alwin James Oct 12, 2016 09:40pm

General public of pak is still believing there was no surgical strike, eventhough that is not true. Where military of Pak knows exactly what happened over there.

rational mind Oct 12, 2016 09:43pm

Very good. Everything is fine then. I guess Pakistan is not concerned and there is nothing to complain to security council members.

Khan Oct 12, 2016 09:46pm

If there was no surgical strike by India, then why there was a joint session of parliament and desperate acts by military taking landing training on highways?

a Oct 12, 2016 09:45pm

@Nadeem Exactly. Both of them are the real losers !

Ritesh Oct 12, 2016 09:48pm

What is our ambassador doing in Pakistan ? Is he just busy making statements which are at odds with India's current policy towards Pakistan? Even India's ambassador to the US is always conspicuous by his absence.

Malik USA Oct 12, 2016 09:53pm

His every answers have weight. He is so confident to answers all questions. The Diplomat knows and confident that Pakistan is not behind Uri attack. Exactly the same thing Parvez Musharrf tried to convince India that leave this blame game. Come froward but at the same time with status and dignity and don't treat Pakistan like Bangladesh and Bhutan. And really India is not ready to listen any thing keeping in their mind that Pakistan has no value. If this attitude goes on nothing will come out for peace.

Swetha Oct 12, 2016 09:58pm

Something big has happened definitely.Otherwise there wouldn't be meetings between civil and military leadership,envoys taking active role in UN speeches for clarifying that no strikes happened and now high commission too joined.Why impose a travel ban on journalist who wrote truth? Whether strikes happened or not but Pakistan acting like this make sure something is fishy.

Ahmed Oct 12, 2016 10:00pm

Throwing some names around does not proof anything. India must allow international probe. After what is it that they are afraid of.

Tac Oct 12, 2016 10:06pm

Both countries had conducted surgical strikes or across LOC attacks in past and killed civilians and military personnel but never took responsibility. But this time no one crossed the LOC but it's use of precision guided missile which was a paradigm shift. That is the reason that dozens of Indian forward posts have been evacuated since then because they can be hit with guided shoulder missile easily. Precision lethal weapon can cause huge loss of life for both armies. Before it was sort of rang bazi most of time with light guns and low calibre mortars resulting in civilian losses.

Shahzad Ikhlaq Oct 12, 2016 10:07pm

Why doesn't India agree to an International probe instead of keeping up with their blame game mantra? Smell something fishy then.

Mahmood Awan Oct 12, 2016 10:11pm

How about previous investigations into Mumbai and Pathankot attack? We were supposed to be doing those investigations and try the culprits. Why for once we cant be a good neighbour!? Everyone here knows that we not doing anything for Hakani network and Masood Azhar and even Dawood. If not for anything else at least for the future of the country, the people and finally the international region; get rid of these people, put them behind the bars or encounter them.. Help instil trust in the international community.

All of us friends and family know what we have been doing for all these years in NWFP.. Lets start fresh. Lets admit our mistakes or may be strategic diplomacy. I think its time to clean the slate and start looking towards development, not carry the burden of these 2-3 people. They are keeping us the Pakistani as a hostage for their free will, their independence. or give them passage to any other country.

Canadian Oct 12, 2016 10:15pm

He says what he is told to say. It is quite simple.

Changez Khan Oct 12, 2016 10:22pm

Abdul Basit is right about India surgical call. India should investigate that the so called surgical operation may have been done within the India's territory?

Dr Salaria Aamir Ahmad Oct 12, 2016 10:26pm

What else can he say.

vicky jay Oct 12, 2016 10:25pm

There should not be pak or India bashing as very often seen by bloggers of both nations.The general public want peace.There should be mutual trust and co operation between both countries. The intellectuals must come forward to begin a new era.

vicky jay Oct 12, 2016 10:25pm

There should not be pak or India bashing as very often seen by bloggers of both nations.The general public want peace.There should be mutual trust and co operation between both countries. The intellectuals must come forward to begin a new era.

SKS Oct 12, 2016 10:27pm

Mr. Basit should act as an 'Ambassador' of Pakistan bridging people & countries . Not giving controversial statements like politicians. Well you can gain popularity and sincerity in Pakistan by badmouthing India.

ALI (CA) Oct 12, 2016 10:34pm

Finally someone is speaking my mind. Salute to Mr. Abdul Basit sb

Hope. Oct 12, 2016 10:32pm

You stated the facts, represented the Pakistani position with clarity and assertiveness.

Bharath Oct 12, 2016 10:44pm

Very unimaginative interview parroting the usual denials which will do nothing to improve relations.

T.M.Khan Oct 12, 2016 11:08pm

Well done Mr. Basit, the mere fact that India is avoiding an international probe speaks volumes about their claims. As far the surgical strike is goes, that's only wishful thinking and for Indian public's consumption.

Hamid Hussain Oct 12, 2016 11:20pm

Man of words and actions!

Naeem Oct 12, 2016 11:28pm

I hope it is understood, he could not have said it clearer and thanks to the Indian channel who talked to him. This is what journalism should do, not a fake call to some assumed SP of police asking implied questions and making weird interpretations.

Shekhar Kulkarni Oct 12, 2016 11:30pm

Indias role has been shameful. From an Indian to my Pakistani friends

Pakistani tujhe salam Oct 13, 2016 12:01am

Well said Mr Basit.

Tariq Khan Oct 13, 2016 12:04am

Mr Basit is for sure a real diplomat, wish some of the ruler had that caliber.

NT Oct 13, 2016 12:23am

I wonder where this journalist Karan went to a school to for journalism. First of he was not in the listening mode, he was in the accusation mode. His attitude, demeanor, tone and gestures need significant improvement. This seems to be a trend in some of the Indian journalists. I am proud of the way mr. Basit responded and conducted himself and I am proud of Pakistani media in general (there are some exceptions). Given the positive changes and trend I have been observing, i think Pakistan is on the right track of coming out of the decades of damage done to the country and the Pakistani media has a lot to do with it. Pakistanis are hard working, more civilized and better looking :). With good education and good governance our people and the country will soon rise. Inshallah

Khwarezmi Oct 13, 2016 12:26am

The fake surgical strike story was cooked up so media would stop it's focus on the Kashmiri HR violations and uprising against Indian occupation.

Saqib Oct 13, 2016 12:29am

In response to Baluchistan, why do we keep answering india. We don't raise the Naxalite rebellion or the North East india uprisings, so Tell them to stay out of our internal matters, why are we being so soft with india, they will only understand tough talk.

S. A. M. Oct 13, 2016 12:39am

@Nadeem well said

Khan Oct 13, 2016 12:38am

Respects for your services.

Tejaswi Oct 13, 2016 12:44am

This would be one real interview to watch.

Prac Oct 13, 2016 01:30am

When India believes Pakistan has done it, then why international investigation is needed?

Wajid Hussain Oct 13, 2016 02:40am

I think Abdul Basit deserves a medal, the way he talks and defends Pakistan in India takes a lot of courage.

Nbal Oct 13, 2016 02:53am

What's the actions taken by Pakistan on evidences delivered in earlier cases? It was time to strike back and much needed one. If there was no SS, why you guys are worried and had all that all party meetings?

Ravi Oct 13, 2016 04:28am

How many times one needs to be caught before start speaking truthfully,

Amin Oct 13, 2016 04:44am

Very straight forward, why does not India agree to an international inquiry ?

Abbasi Oct 13, 2016 05:34am

This man has guts to express the stance in a true vigorous way. Much appreciated.

ak18 Oct 13, 2016 05:36am

I see the interviewer conveniently avoided the press conference video of the IOK MLA exposing indian army training drills going on in leepa sector and being recorded to look like the ghost "surgical strike" after the clamour for evidence and proof in the days following the claim and instead focused on the SP Ghulam Akbar story that's already been blown to bits

Sachin Oct 13, 2016 06:23am

Ok all parties are happy. Indians believe Indian version. Pakistanis believe Pakistan version. There cannot be a better outcome than this. Enjoy

Sab Se Pehle Pakistan Oct 13, 2016 06:40am

Why claim something you are not capable of doing. Why make false claims?

Yog Oct 13, 2016 06:43am

Wonder what the world and USA thinks ??

Zainul Abiden Oct 13, 2016 07:20am

Truth always comes out even you are sitting on enemy:s TV Chanel. Mr Basit is not only telling the truth, he also challenging to bring International investigation to let the truth out. like it is worldly known India is good not only twisting stories but also are good compulsive lairs.

Raheemuddin Ahmad Oct 13, 2016 07:53am

I only wish our Prime Minister could talk like Mr. Basit or Mrs. Maliha Lodhi at international forums and press conferences.

Rahul Oct 13, 2016 07:57am

Basit is Pakistan's Ambassador. He has said, what he should have said!.. he has justified his position & role given to him.

Muhammad Zahid Bashir Oct 13, 2016 08:08am

sounds logical

Mahendra Oct 13, 2016 08:16am

@Raheemuddin Ahmad They cannot, since they are aware about the real truth.

Gopal Oct 13, 2016 08:34am

Do you think after so many days past, there will be any evidence? We have seen how the ground was immediately water hosed where Benazir was assassinated.

Surya Kant Agrawal Oct 13, 2016 08:53am

Thanks God. He is right.

Chandu Babulal Chohan Oct 13, 2016 08:55am

Pakistan is acting very mature and high skilled. Indian acts are shameful.

waqar Oct 13, 2016 09:04am

@Shekhar Kulkarni , happy to see a clear minded Indian friend in the deafening sound of war drums. As it happens in any civilized environment everywhere in the world, the onus to provide substantial evidence rests with the aggrieved party. In case of any disagreement India or Pakistan being party to this case cant be the judge as well. Let any International body decide and if Pakistan is found involved, she should be punished according to the international laws.

Taimoor Saleem Oct 13, 2016 09:32am

Thats the way to do it, I never understand why do our politicians become so polite when its comes to india, I never appreciate to show the aggression the way indian politician do, But i always believe that one should come hard and straight when it comes to the sovereignty of the state

Anir Oct 13, 2016 09:42am

@AWAIS Ambassador has to build relation with other countries, and not trying to be favourite in Pakistan. Not sure how successful he is in that considering current scenario. Why is that everyone avoided SAARC and now China, Russia, Brazil and South Africa meeting in Goa from Saturday. Ambassadors of Pakistan have much bigger responsibility in building international relations, rather than going with sentiments of people of Pakistan.

bharath Oct 13, 2016 09:43am

What a fantastic way to enter an Indian base and find out what all facilities etc are present in the base!! .. wonderful idea !!

Zahid Bhatti Oct 13, 2016 09:47am

Good work Counselor

Manu sharma Oct 13, 2016 10:31am

India can prove itself, why to internationalise the issue.

sahas Oct 13, 2016 11:07am

surgical strike is a complete made up story

sahas Oct 13, 2016 11:10am

surgical strike is a complete made up story

Anniyah Oct 13, 2016 11:41am

@Alwin James: If you have some evidence then please present it.

Anniyah Oct 13, 2016 11:48am

@NT: Well said!

sunny Oct 13, 2016 12:15pm

Expected statement by any diplomat

Rishi Oct 13, 2016 12:50pm

Agreed no surgical strike took place. Then why is the high commissioner bothered even to have a probe. Afterall even in a wedding reception site no evidence remains the following morning after the sweepers gave cleaned the place. Same rule applies here. Now let India be happy with the surgical strike and let Pakistan be happy without it.
Best for India and Pakistan is to put the relations in a freezer for some time and concentrate on other domestic matters. Regarding Kashmir be practical the loc is the final International bother. Let's conclude on it. Better to call spade a spade sometimes. Remember in today's day and age no foreign country will help either side beyond a limit may it be China or usa. China remember is busy in the south China sea where there is oil which it needs.

Mahendra Oct 13, 2016 01:35pm

He is doing his job of defending his country and doing it quite well as of now. That's what he is paid to do. That should be appreciated. I just hope n pray that he becomes the bridge between his country & India to restart the dialogue process. Its important for the peace to prevail and terrorism back home to be destroyed, soon.

haris Oct 13, 2016 02:38pm

@Alwin James : CNN has already aired a news piece and filmed the area which according to Indian military,the spot where so-called surgical strikes were carried out. and if you see that news-piece yourself with rational and unbiased mindset, you will Not find any evidence of such strikes.

Payal Verma Oct 13, 2016 06:12pm

@rational mind absolutely!

N.P.Unni Oct 14, 2016 08:45am

It is a good thing and that issue rests there. As for versions, the truth will come out only after a few years and that too when things cool down like all other things in india pak relationship. The issue however has highlighted the presence of terrorists and their ability to trigger situations. These assets have become liabilities

NaughtyIndian Oct 14, 2016 02:12pm

the gentleman is absolutely right in his perspective. only problems is he does not know the truth currently.

people have short memories but newspapers have archives. take out statements during Kargil and entire machinery was denying. today after 20 years they came to know, yes it was done by forces.

what forces do the civilian govt does not know, hence they are correct in their denial as of today.

Ahmed Raza Oct 15, 2016 02:13pm

Good going Abdul Basit.