ISLAMABAD: New Delhi should abjure its policy of state terrorism in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK) and against Muslims in India instead of hurling baseless allegations against Pakis­tan, the Foreign Office said in a statement on Monday.

The Foreign Office (FO) issued the statement in a riposte to Indian External Affairs Minister Subra­hma­n­yam Jaishankar’s “irrespo­n­sible and gratuitous rem­arks” made at Vadodara last week in which he accused Pakistan of involvement in international terrorism.

The FO urged New Delhi to allow Kashmiris to exercise their right to self-determination in accordance with their aspirations and UN Sec­urity Council resolutions.

The statement called upon the international community to hold India accountable for its patronage of terrorist entities and for instigating unrest in neighbouring countries.

The FO described Mr Jaishankar’s remarks as a manifestation of Indian leaders’ obsession to concoct facts for misleading the international community in an attempt to mask New Delhi’s acts of terrorism and violations of human rights.

Nowhere is India’s state terrorism more evident than in occupied Kashmir, the FO statement stressed, recalling that over 900,000 troops terrorise, torture, and torment innocent Kashmiris with impunity.

The world is aware of the saffron terror orchestrated and unleashed by the BJP-RSS combine against Muslims in India, the Foreign Office said.

“Pakistan’s contribution to world peace, from successful counter-terrorism operations to our role in the global fight against terrorism, is widely acknowledged by the international community.

“Pakistan is the only country that has stemmed the tide of terror directed against it from elements and states with inimical motives.” the FO statement said.

“In reality, India has been involved in supporting terrorism against Pakistan from its own territory and from other countries in the region.

“India’s mischievous campaign to masquerade as a ‘victim’ of terrorism and seeking to hoodwink the world community by hypocritically levelling allegations against Pakistan is pathological,” the Foreign Office said.

It cited as example the arrest in Pakistan of Kulbhushan Jadhav, a serving Indian navy officer who was involved in “planning, supporting, abetting and executing terrorist activities in Pakistan”.

“Jadhav is a stark reminder of India’s true face as a state sponsor of terrorism.”

According to The Hindu newspaper, India’s external affairs minister said in a speech in Vadodara on Saturday: “No other country practises terrorism in the manner in which Pakistan does. You show me anywhere in the world what Pakistan has done for so many years against India.”

According to the newspaper, Jaishankar said India was recognised as an “expert in information technology”, whereas Pakistan was known as an “expert in international terrorism”.

Published in Dawn, October 4th, 2022

Opinion

Editorial

Spirit of ’74
26 Feb, 2024

Spirit of ’74

FOR three days in 1974, starting Feb 22, Lahore witnessed an epochal meeting of 38 Muslim nations as it hosted the...
Silence strategy
Updated 26 Feb, 2024

Silence strategy

Attempts at internet censorship only serve to tarnish Pakistan’s image globally and betray the democratic principles the country purports to uphold.
Nepra’s reluctance
26 Feb, 2024

Nepra’s reluctance

WHAT is the point in having a regulator that does not punish the entities it oversees for misconduct and...
Pipeline progress
25 Feb, 2024

Pipeline progress

THE outgoing caretaker government has decided to move forward with the much-delayed Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline...
Engaging the Taliban
25 Feb, 2024

Engaging the Taliban

DEALING with the Taliban — Afghanistan’s de facto rulers — continues to present a diplomatic dilemma for the...
Burden or opportunity?
Updated 25 Feb, 2024

Burden or opportunity?

Maryam Nawaz is embarking on a journey of challenges and opportunities.