Friday, October 22, 2021

Pakistan condemns provocative statement of Indian home minister

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has condemned the irresponsible and provocative statement reportedly made by Indian Home Minister today threatening so-called ‘surgical strikes’ in Pakistan.

The Foreign Office (FO) spokesperson Asim Iftikhar Ahmad said in a statement, “Pakistan condemns in strongest terms the irresponsible and provocative statement reportedly made by Indian Home Minister today threatening so-called “surgical strikes” in Pakistan.”

“This delusional statement only goes to further demonstrate the BJP-RSS combine’s propensity to stoke regional tensions for both ideological reasons and political expediency, based on enmity towards Pakistan.”

“Such statements also serve as smokescreens to divert world attention from India’s state-terrorism and systematic human rights violations in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK), and against Muslims and other minorities in India.”

He said, “Pakistan has repeatedly drawn the attention of the international community to India’s sinister designs of staging “false flag” operations to implicate Pakistan and Kashmiris.”

“While Pakistan is a peace-loving country, we will spare no effort in resolutely thwarting any aggressive designs.”

The FO spokesperson said, “Pakistan’s swift response to India’s Balakot misadventure in 2019, including the downing of Indian combat aircraft and capture of Indian Air Force pilot, fully demonstrated the will, capacity and preparedness of our armed forces to deter Indian aggression.”

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