Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Pakistan rejects India’s ‘misleading’ statement on drone attack in IIOJK

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Wednesday categorically rejected an “irresponsible statement” by India’s Minister of State for Home Affairs regarding alleged drone attack in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK).

“Pakistan categorically rejects the irresponsible and misleading statement by Indian Minister of State for Home Affairs G Kishan Reddy regarding an alleged drone attack in the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK),” the Foreign Office said in a statement.

While conveniently choosing not to share any evidence, it said the Indian government has once again leveled serious allegations against Pakistan. “This is yet another manifestation of the unsubstantiated propaganda and smear campaign against Pakistan that is characteristic of the Indian government and an obliging Indian media,” the statement read.

“This is a familiar Indian ploy to externalize any blame, use baseless allegations against Pakistan as a smokescreen, and seek to undermine the indigenous struggle for self-determination of the Kashmiri people.”

The Foreign Office said the latest allegations further confirm what Pakistan has consistently pointed out that the BJP government stages “false flag” operations to malign Pakistan with terrorism-related allegations for narrow political gains.

The use of Pakistan card either to win an election or to divert attention from an electoral defeat has also unfortunately become a standard practice, it added.

The Foreign Office called upon India to refrain from its reprehensible propaganda campaign as no amount of Indian falsehoods can succeed in diverting attention from India’s serious crimes in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK).

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