India misleading BRICS, trying to hide its brutalities in Kashmir: Pakistan
Strongly reacting to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s remarks that Pakistan is the “mothership of terrorism”, Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif’s advisor on foreign affairs Sartaj Aziz accused the Indian leader on Sunday of “misleading” the BRICS countries over the issue.Updated: Oct 17, 2016 12:15 IST
Pakistan has accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of “misleading” BRICS countries and alleged that India is “desperately trying to hide its brutalities” in Jammu and Kashmir, where over 80 people have died since protests broke out in July.
“The people of Indian Occupied Kashmir are being subjected to genocide by India for demanding their fundamental right to self-determination,” Sartaj Aziz, foreign policy adviser to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, said in a statement on Sunday.
“Pakistan joins all the members of BRICS and BIMSTEC in condemning terrorism and reaffirms its full commitment to fight the menace of terrorism without discrimination, including against the Indian state-sponsored terrorism on Pakistani soil,” he added.
The strong reaction from Pakistan came after Modi launched a scathing attack on Pakistan, without naming the neighbour, and calling it the “mother ship of terrorism … linked to terror modules across the world”.
Modi urged Brazil, Russia, China and South Africa to “speak in one voice against terrorism” and assign top priority to combat terror, including cross-border violence — a veiled reference to Pakistan.
Tensions between the nuclear-armed neighbours have been running high after 19 Indian soldiers were killed in an attack on an army base in Jammu and Kashmir on September 18. India later said it had carried out retaliatory “surgical strikes” across the Line of Control that inflicted significant casualties.
Pakistan denied any role in the attack on the Uri army base, and also dismissed the surgical strikes as typical cross-border firing. India has since launched a diplomatic offence to isolate Pakistan, which India accuses of sponsoring cross-border terrorism.
Aziz said the UN Human Rights high commissioner in Geneva and the secretary general of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) have called for sending a fact-finding mission to Kashmir.
“The UN and OIC have rejected Indian attempts to equate Kashmiris’ movement for self-determination with terrorism. The UN has repeatedly emphasised that people fighting for their self-determination cannot be categorised as terrorists by the occupying state,” Aziz said in the statement.
“With Indian state sponsored terrorism and terror financing on Pakistani soil proven irrefutably, India has no moral ground to even talk about counter-terrorism efforts let alone do the finger pointing. Pakistan is a victim of Indian interference and subversive activities, which are aimed at destabilising Pakistan.”
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First Published: Oct 17, 2016 09:49 IST