ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Sunday said that India had no moral ground to even talk about counter-terrorism efforts let alone do the finger pointing as Indian state sponsored terrorism and terror financing on Pakistani soil had been proven irrefutably.
“Pakistan is a victim of Indian interference and subversive activities, which are aimed at destabilizing Pakistan,” Adviser to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz said in a statement strongly reacting to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s allegations at BIRCS Summit that Pakistan was the ‘mothership of terrorism.’
“Mr Modi is misleading his BRICS and BIMSTEC colleagues. The Indian leadership is desperately trying to hide its brutalities in the Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir, an internationally recognized dispute on the UNSC agenda, where innocent people are being killed and injured by the occupation forces daily with impunity,” the adviser said.
He said the people of Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK) were being subjected to genocide by India for demanding their fundamental right to self-determination, as promised to the Kashmiris in the relevant UN Security Council resolutions.
He said the ongoing Indian atrocities for 100 days had taken a toll on the lives of over 150 innocent and defenceless Kashmiris, including children and women, and inflicted injuries on around 15,000, including the victims of pellet guns that blinded many hundreds, which has attracted international focus on the bloodshed in IOK.
He said the UN Human Rights High Commissioner in Geneva and OIC Secretary General, OIC Contact Group on Kashmir and OIC Independent Human Rights Commission have called for sending a fact finding mission to IOK.
“The UN and OIC have rejected Indian attempts to equate Kashmiris’ movement for self-determination with terrorism. The UN has repeatedly emphasised that people fighting for their self-determination cannot be categorised as terrorists by the occupying state,” the adviser remarked.
The adviser said Pakistan joined all the members of BRICS and BIMSTEC in condemning terrorism and reaffirmed its full commitment to fight the menace of terrorism without discrimination, including against the Indian state-sponsored terrorism on Pakistani soil.
“Pakistan’s sacrifices in the war against terrorism are well acknowledged and repeatedly appreciated by the leadership of most countries in the world. The Armed Forces of Pakistan and other law enforcement agencies have rendered ultimate sacrifices. Pakistan has also suffered hugely in terms of economic losses in the fight against terrorism,” he remarked.
He said unfortunately, in complete disrespect of international law and the UN Charter, the Indian government was pursuing its hegemonic designs.
“These designs are a threat to international peace and security and may lead to a strategic miscalculation. The international community has witnessed the provocative statements from the Indian side, including ceasefire violations on the LoC,” he maintained.
He called upon the international community and especially the BRICS Leaders to ask India to stop bloodshed of Kashmiris immediately, release Kashmiri Leaders and thousands of Kashmiris taken away forcibly with their fate unknown and address the humanitarian crisis, caused by India through creation of shortage of basic amenities.
He stressed that the perpetrators of crimes against humanity in the IOK should be held accountable and UNSC resolutions on Kashmir be implemented sooner than later.