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Pak flays India over J&K violence

world Updated: Sep 18, 2010 23:20 IST
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Pakistan again criticised the handling of protests in Jammu and Kashmir, saying India should introspect on its policies instead of blaming Islamabad for the violence in the valley.

Reacting to India's rejection of concerns expressed by Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on the situation in Jammu and Kashmir, Pakistan's Foreign Office spokesman Abdul Basit on Saturday said India "should adhere to accepted human rights standards rather than stereotypically blaming Pakistan".

Jammu and Kashmir is an "international dispute" and the "subject of several UN Security Council resolutions", he said.

"Instead of stereotypically blaming Pakistan, India should undertake serious introspection of its policies that are in sharp variance to its international commitments, including adherence to accepted human rights standards," Basit said.

India had on Friday rejected Qureshi's "gratuitous statements" on Jammu and Kashmir, saying they amounted to interference in the country's internal affairs.

Vishnu Prakash, the External Affairs Ministry spokesman, had said Pakistan should take "credible and effective action against infiltration from across the Line of Control and dismantle the terror infrastructure that exists in the territory under its control".