Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Friday slammed Islamabad for using terrorism as an “instrument of state policy”, saying ‘Brand Pakistan’ “really identifies with global terror” as every major terrorist incident in the world has a “Pakistani footprint” around it.
The Finance Minister is leading the Indian delegation to the IMF and World Bank meetings. Jaitley went on to say that said Pakistan has a “very low credibility” in terms of the way it deals with matters involving terrorism.
Jaitley added that the pull out by a number of nations out of the 19th SAARC Summit, which was scheduled to take place in Islamabad, show Pakistan is being isolated in the region.
“The fact that almost everybody said that we won’t attend the SAARC Summit speaks of the isolation in the region. Ultimately, if you use terrorism as an instrument of state policy, and every terrorist incident – a major terrorist incident anywhere in the world, has Pakistani footprint around it, then ‘Brand Pakistan’ really identifies itself with global terror,” he said.
Speaking to a TV channel, Jaitley said, “Therefore, all contrarian noises that they make that Pakistan is a victim et cetera, clearly has established that the world is not willing to listen to them because of a very low credibility and a low track record as far as these matters are concerned.”
Jaitley also termed the India’s surgical strikes on terror launchpads across the Line of Control (LoC) as “army strategy” and “pre-emptive strike against terrorism”.
He further added that all opposition leaders were briefed and consensus was build because India was “entitled to strategise” following the Uri and Pathankot terror attacks. He had earlier said that any economic impact arising from recent tensions with Pakistan and incidents like the surgical strikes undertaken by Indian special forces will be “extremely marginal”.