Pakistan on Tuesday termed India’s allegations that the boat laden with explosives which eventually sank on December 31, as “baseless and preposterous.”
In its weekly foreign office briefing, spokesperson Tasnim Aslam said that Pakistan itself was badly affected by terrorism and denied the involvement of Islamabad in the case.
“On the other hand, the people of Pakistan see the escalation of tension by India on the Line of Control and International Boundary, through continuous unprovoked firing and the targeting of civilians, as an attempt to distract our armed forces from its valiant mission against all terrorists,” he said.
Aslam added, “The baseless and preposterous Indian allegations regarding the so called “terror boat” from Pakistan are also in the same vein.’
She also said that it was still unclear whether the incident had happened at all.
When asked on India’s claim regarding the ‘sighting’ of Punjabi and Urdu speaking terrorists in Afghanistan, the foreign office spokesperson said, “India is reminded to refrain from attempts to create misunderstanding between Pakistan and Afghanistan, the two brotherly nations bound by common destiny, shared culture, history and religion. These efforts are also in violation of all international norms.”
She also reiterated Pakistan’s efforts to counter terrorism and said that the armed forces are successfully going ahead with Operation Zarb-e-Azb to root out terrorism.