India hit out at Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Thursday for his efforts to involve other countries and United Nations on the Kashmir issue, saying such measures will not whitewash cross-border terrorism sponsored by the neighbour.
“Let me also say it does not matter how many letters are written, it will still not whitewash cross-border terrorism,” external affairs ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup said.
Earlier this week, Sharif wrote letters to UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon and UN high commissioner for human rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, seeking their help to end the “persistent and egregious violation of the basic human rights” of the Kashmiri people. The Pakistan PM alleged that more than 50 deaths and 3,500 injuries had taken place in Kashmir in recent violence after the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen militant Burhan Wani.
“Pakistan has no locus standi in addressing any aspect of the situation in Jammu and Kashmir, which is an internal matter of India, except to put an end to all cross-border terrorism, infiltration and support and instigation to terrorism and violence against India,” Swarup said.
Swarup said India is in touch with important interlocutors bilaterally as well as multilaterally to put across the correct picture over the Kashmir issue.
He said the capture of “Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist Bahadur Ali” is a proof of Pakistan’s continued involvement in cross-border terrorism and infiltration into India, despite several assurances that it will not allow its territory to be used for terrorism against any other country.
“The interrogation of Bahadur Ali and his confession has clearly revealed the details of the kind of training that is provided to such young men, the camps in which they are kept, the weapons that they are provided and most importantly the indoctrination that they undergo prior to infiltration into India”, he said.
The spokesperson said Bahadur Ali has also revealed how his “Pakistani handlers gave him instructions to mix with the local people, create disturbances and attack police and security forces.”