FO calls upon India to stop destabilising Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Thursday called upon India to stop its ‘conspiracies’ and ‘proxy wars’ aimed at destabilising Pakistan.


Foreign Office spokesman Qazi Khalilullah in a weekly news briefing said that Pakistan has given three dossiers to the United Nations (UN) Secretary-General containing evidence of Indian involvement in Balochistan, Karachi and its support to Tehrek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) rebels.

The spokesman said Indian accusations regarding Pakistan’s involvement in terrorism on their soil have always turned out to be fake.

Khalilullah also condemned the recent unpleasant incidents of maltreatment of Pakistani citizens in the neighbouring country, citing the incidents during former foreign minister Khursheed Kasuri’s visit and ghazal singer Ghulam Ali’scancelled event, but expressed hope that the Indian government will take steps to avoid occurrence of such incidents in future.

Reiterating Pakistan’s stance, the spokesman said that Pakistan is ready talk on all issues with India provided there are no pre-conditions and the core issue of Kashmir is included in the agenda.

“What the people of Indian Kashmir are facing is also called state terrorism,” said Qazi Khalilullah.

Khalilullah confirmed that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has invited Kashmir’s All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) leader Syed Ali Gilani to Pakistan.

About the PM’s visit to the United States, he said Nawaz Sharif will visit the US on President Barack Obama’s invitation between October 20 and 23.

“The PM will meet top government officials in the US to discuss matters pertaining to regional security and other issues of mutual interest,” said Khalilullah.

In reply to a question, Khalilullah said that there are no footprints of self-styled extremist group Islamic State (IS) in Pakistan.

The FO spokesman also condemned what he termed a ‘fresh wave of violence’ by Israeli forces against Palestinians.