Indian PM misleading BRICS colleagues: Pakistan on 'mothership of terrorism' remark
Adviser to Pakistan's Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs, Sartaj Aziz, said Pakistan wants to reduce tensions across the Line of Control, the de facto border between the two countries. Photograph: (Reuters)
A day after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi made an indirect reference to Pakistan and made the 'mothership of terrorism' remark at BRICS Summit 2016, a top diplomat from Pakistan today lashed out saying that India has no right to point fingers.
Sartaj Aziz, the foreign affairs adviser to Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, said that India has no moral ground to talk about counter-terrorism efforts, Indian news agency ANI reported.
In a statement released by Pakistan's foreign ministry, Aziz said: "Modi is misleading his BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) and BIMSTEC (The Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation) colleagues."
Aziz alleged that the Indian leadership was desperately trying to hide what he termed as "brutalities" in Kashmir.
"The UN and OIC (Organisation of Islamic Cooperation) have rejected Indian attempts to equate Kashmiris' movement for self-determination with terrorism," Aziz was quoted as saying by ANI.
He also said the UN has repeatedly stressed that people fighting for their self-determination cannot be categorised as terrorists by the occupying state.
Aziz said that Pakistan joins all the members of BRICS and BIMSTEC in condemning terrorism and reaffirms its full commitment in fighting the menace of terrorism without discrimination.
He alleged that Pakistan is a victim of "Indian interference and subversive activities, which are aimed at destabilising the country".
Indian Prime Minister Modi, while addressing the BRICS Summit on Sunday, launched an indirect attack at Pakistan saying, "Tragically, the mother-ship of terrorism is a country in India's neighbourhood."
"Terrorism has become its favourite child and the child in turn. has come to define the essential character and nature of its parents. The time for condemning the state-sponsored terrorism is long gone," he said.
The two South Asian neighbours have been engaged in war of words over the past few weeks in the wake of ongoing unrest in Kashmir Valley, September 18 Uri attack that killed 19 soldiers and ensuing surgical strikes by Indian Army in Pakistan-controlled Kashmir.
Both the countries have also been accusing each other of ceasefire violations. While a senior Indian Army official was quoted as saying in media reports on Sunday that there have been more than 25 ceasefire violations by Pakistan since September 29 surgical strikes, Pakistan's foreign office spokesperson Nafees Zakria said today that there India has committed more than 90 ceasefire violations in 2016.
(WION with inputs from agencies)