Pakistan has expressed serious concern over Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar's remarks that "terrorists have to be neutralised only through terrorists," saying his comments confirm its suspicion about India's involvement in terrorism.
"This statement only confirms Pakistan's apprehensions about India's involvement in terrorism in Pakistan," said Sartaj Aziz, Adviser to Pakistan Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs while reacting to Parrikar's statement.
"It must be the first time that a Minister of an elected government openly advocates use of terrorism in another country on the pretext of preventing terrorism from that country or its non-state actors," Aziz was quoted as saying in a statement by the Foreign Office yesterday.
He said Pakistan sincerely pursues a policy of good neighbourly relations with India.
"Terrorism is our common enemy and it is vital for the two countries to work together to defeat this menace, from which Pakistan has suffered much more than almost any other country," he said.