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Tuesday, Dec 10, 2019

Pak accuses Modi of diverting world attention from ‘tragedy’ in Valley

nationpaper Updated: Aug 16, 2016 07:13 IST
Imtiaz Ahmed
Imtiaz Ahmed

ISLAMABAD: India is “trying to divert world attention from the grim tragedy” in Kashmir, Pakistan said on Monday in a sharp retort to PM Narendra Modi’s allegations of rights abuse by Islamabad in Balochistan, Gilgit and Pak-occupied Kashmir (PoK).

“Thousands of unarmed (Kashmiri) youth are protesting every day for their right of self-determination ... These events have nothing to do with terrorism. It is an indigenous movement for self-determination, a right promised to Kashmiris by the UN Security Council,” Pakistan’s foreign affairs adviser Sartaj Aziz said in a statement, hours after Modi targeted the neighbour during his Independence Day speech.

India and Pakistan both claim Kashmir, where at least 58 people have died and more than 2,000 injured in a fresh flare-up of violence after the killing of a militant commander by Indian security forces.

India blames Pakistan of fanning the unrest, the worst since 2010 when similar street protests left scores dead and injured in the Valley.

Aziz said Modi’s reference to Balochistan “only proves Pakistan’s contention that India through its main intelligence agency RAW, has been fomenting terrorism in Balochistan.”

“India is a large country... but a large country does not automatically become a great country, especially when it unleashes such brute force against innocent citizens to suppress their right to protest or when it deliberately uses pallet guns to permanently destroy the eyesight of over 100 youth,” Aziz said.

India should recognise that the core issue of Kashmir cannot be resolved by bullets, he said, adding, it requires a political solution, through serious negotiations.