Pak offers supplies to J-K; India says no thanks, received your terror exports

  • Jayanth Jacob, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Aug 14, 2016 23:25 IST
Kashmiri protesters hold Pakistani flags in Srinagar on Sunday. (Waseem Andrabi/HT Photo)

The government reacted sharply on Sunday to Pakistan’s proposal of sending supplies to Jammu and Kashmir, saying India has already received enough of Islamabad’s exports in the form of terrorism and infiltration.

New Delhi’s reaction came after it received a diplomatic note from Pakistan’s foreign ministry proposing to send supplies to the northern Indian state, which has been on the boil since the killing of a popular militant leader last month.

External affairs ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup “completely and categorically” rejected the neighbour’s offer.

“A communication was apparently delivered to our high commission in Islamabad on August 12. I can only characterize its contents that propose sending supplies to the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir as absurd.

“India and others in the region have already received enough of Pakistan’s trademark exports: international terrorism, cross-border infiltrators, weapons, narcotics and fake currency,” Swarup said.

Earlier in the day, Pakistan high commissioner Abdul Basit said in New Delhi that his country was confident that Kashmir’s “struggle for independence” will not go in vain.

At least 58 people have been killed and thousands injured in violent protests in Kashmir Valley after the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani in an encounter on July 8. Kashmiris have alleged atrocities by Indian armed forces.

Pakistani leaders have criticised India over the Kashmir unrest even as India accused Islamabad of interfering in New Delhi’s internal affairs and backing terrorism.

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