India to Pak: Rein in terror, don't meddle in our affairs
India reacts strongly to Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi’s comments on human rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir, saying “gratuitous statements” issued by Islamabad amounted to interference in India’s internal affairs. HT reports.delhi Updated: Sep 17, 2010 23:06 IST
India on Friday reacted strongly to Pakistani foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi’s comments on human rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir, saying “gratuitous statements” issued by Islamabad amounted to interference in India’s internal affairs.
New Delhi asked Pakistan to instead take credible action against infiltration from across the Line of Control and dismantle terror infrastructure on its soil.
"India firmly rejects gratuitous statements issued by Pakistan on Jammu and Kashmir, which amount to interference in the internal affairs of India,” a spokesperson said.
In a statement issued by the Pakistani foreign office, Qureshi said “violence by Indian security forces” in the state had resulted in “loss of scores of innocent lives since June”.
It added, “We urge India to exercise restraint and, instead of resorting to violence and procrastination, work towards finding a solution to the Jammu and Kashmir dispute in accordance with relevant UN resolutions and aspirations of Kashmiris.”
The spokesperson in New Delhi said India had sufficient mechanisms and constitutional safeguards to address issues raised by its citizens in any part of the country.
Asking Pakistan to take credible action on infiltration, he said, “This would be an important contribution towards safeguarding the welfare of the people of J&K, who suffer the consequences of terrorism fomented from across the Line of Control and the International Border.”
He reiterated India’s commitment to resolving issues of mutual concern with Pakistan through dialogue and peaceful means. “However, Pakistan must fulfil its solemn commitment of not allowing territory under its control to be used for terrorism directed against India,” he said.