Saturday, October 15th, 2016

India hasn’t formally conveyed its plan to seal border: Pakistan

Narada Desk | October 15, 2016 2:10 pm Print
Home Minister Rajnath Singh had announced the move as India and Pakistan are locked in an unprecedented diplomatic acrimony and border tension after the September 18 terror attack

Pakistan has said India has not officially conveyed any plan of sealing its border with Pakistan by December 2018.

In a response to Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s statement that India would completely seal the border with Pakistan by December 2018, Pakistan’s Foreign Office spokesman Nafees Zakaria on Friday said: “We don’t have any details.”

Home Minister Rajnath Singh had announced the move as India and Pakistan are locked in an unprecedented diplomatic acrimony and border tension after the September 18 terror attack on a military base in Kashmir’s border town of Uri that killed 19 soldiers.

According to a report in Dawn, Zakaria said that on the one hand the Indian government talked of establishing a peaceful neighbourhood, and on the other, their actions contradicted their claims.

In a sharp response to the Uri attack, India carried out surgical strikes against terror launch pads and killed an unspecified number of terrorists in Pakistan-administered Kashmir.

Zakaria regretted that India had till date shared no evidence on the Samjhauta Express attack in February 2007, despite New Delhi’s commitment at the highest political level to share the details in relation with the terror attack, which killed mostly Pakistanis.

The attack was carried out by the Rashtriya Seva Sangh (RSS) and Abhinav Bharat’s operatives, he said, adding that Islamabad “has and will continue to raise the issue” with India.

The Pakistan Foreign Minister┬ásaid that Pakistan was actively highlighting the Kashmir issue across Europe, Britian, North America and Nordic states, and this was the reason why “India is desperate and is making every effort to deflect attention” from the matter.

“Manifestations of these efforts are visible in their false media campaigns and false surgical strikes claim and other things like that. So, these are the reflections of the desperation of India and the pressure which is being built on India in the context of the brutalities it is committing in Kashmir.”

“We have been asking for the international community’s intervention in this regard and we will keep on asking for this,” Zakira said, according to a report in a news agency.

Zakaria said there should be an independent probe in the current unrest in the valley which has left more than 90 persons dead since July 9, a day after the killing of top militant Burhan Wani in a gunfight with the security forces.

 

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