Not involved in Uri attack, says Pakistan, demands evidence

Islamabad on Thursday refuted India’s allegations of Pakistan’s involvement in Sunday’s attack on an army base in north Kashmir’s Uri, calling the accusations a “part of India's attempts to divert the international community's attention from its actions in Kashmir.
Not involved in Uri attack, says Pakistan, demands evidence
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Islamabad on Thursday refuted India's allegations of Pakistan's involvement in Sunday's attack on an army base in north Kashmir's Uri, calling the accusations a "part of India's attempts to divert the international community's attention from its actions in Kashmir."

Foreign Office Spokesman Nafees Zakaria said the Indian allegations were baseless and carried no weight. He called on the Indian government to produce substantial evidence in support of its claims.

He said it had become a habit of India's to point accusatory fingers towards Pakistan after every such incident in India, and added that Pakistan had nothing to gain from such incidents, Radio Pakistan reported. The scenario in the region has changed after India's irresponsible statements, he added.

He said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had presented the Kashmir issue before the international community in a comprehensive manner at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) and urged the UN to send a fact-finding mission to Kashmir.

The FO spokesperson added that Indian media had created unnecessary hype after the Uri attack.

Zakaria claimed there is concrete evidence of Indian-sponsored terrorism and terror financing in Pakistan especially in Balochistan and Karachi which was substantiated by the confession of arrested Research and Analysis Wing agent Kulbhushan Jadhav in Balochistan.

He termed Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's speech on India's I-Day 'open interference in Pakistan's internal issues' and claimed that Brahamdagh Bugti's request for asylum in India was "indicative of Indian involvement in terrorism in Balochistan."

The FO spokesman said that both the UN and Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) chiefs had condemned Indian atrocities in Kashmir and demanded investigation into extra-judicial killings there.

Zakaria reiterated that Pakistan's armed forces are ready to defend the country. (Dawn)

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