Union Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad on Thursday said rulers in Pakistan had made their country an "epicentre of terror" and that the present turmoil in the neighbouring nation was a result of the "wrong policies" of its army and various governments.
"Pakistan rulers created Frankenstein's monster and made their country epicentre of terror two decades before. Now they are facing the same monster," Azad, the Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare, said.
Pakistan had encouraged terrorist attacks and whatever is happening in Pakistan is the direct consequence of wrong policies of their army and rulers, he said at a function on 'Shaheedi Divas' organised to pay tributes to martyrs of Kargil war.
Since 1947, Pakistan had been making attempts to foment violence in the region and had patronised infiltrators to enter our country, the minister alleged.
"The terrorists were encouraged by powers across the border to infiltrate and cause damage to socio-religious fabric of Jammu and Kashmir," Azad, the former chief minister, said at Kathua, about 80-kms from here.
He said India always believed in resolving all issues through dialogue and in an atmosphere of peace.
Talks on various levels, including between the prime ministers of both the countries, had resulted in the opening of Srinagar-Muzaffarabad and Poonch-Rawlakote roads and cross LoC trade, he said.
Azad paid floral tributes to 96 martyrs of Kathua district, who laid down their lives for safeguarding the country. This was the 11th 'Shaheedi Divas' organized since the first one in 1999 after the Kargil war.