Use of force in Kashmir “open terrorism”: Pak minister

Raising the Kashmir issue at the SAARC meeting, Pakistan's Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Thursday said violence being committed by forces in Kashmir is "open terrorism".
Use of force in Kashmir “open terrorism”: Pak minister
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Raising the Kashmir issue at the SAARC meeting, Pakistan's Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Thursday said violence being committed by forces in Kashmir is "open terrorism".

Addressing the one-day Interior/Home Ministers Conference of SAARC countries here, Khan equated the use of force by Indian security forces with "terrorism".

There is a difference between fighting for freedom and terrorism, he was quoted as saying by local media.

"The violence being committed against the innocent people" of Kashmir is "open terrorism", he said, speaking extempore.

Local media reports said that it seemed Khan decided to ignore the written notes in order to respond to the speech of Home Minister Rajnath Singh, who without naming Pakistan lambasted it for "supporting terrorism."

The Express News reported that Khan left his seat of the speaker to address all issues point by point raised by the home ministers of the member countries.

"We have always wished to work in close cooperation with all our neighbours and we believe all pending issues can be addressed through dialogue," he said. 

Later, while addressing a media briefing, Khan said he responded to Singh's speech at the SAARC conference to "put the record straight" on the issue of terrorism.

"I had to respond, though I would have avoided after elected as chairman to run the proceedings," Khan said.

"When someone tries to cast aspersions on Pakistan, then it becomes necessary to clarify our stance and position," he said.

Khan said Rajnath had not named Pakistan but his intentions and target was clear.

"I said that not only terrorist attacks in Dhaka, Mumbai and Pathankot should be condemned but also those committed in Peshawar, Karachi and Lahore," he said.

"I also said that there is blatant foreign intervention in Pakistan across from the borders but we do not raise a storm," he said.

Khan said he offered that instead of blaming each other, it was better to sit together for talks over differences and other issues. 

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