Modi’s anti-Pakistan remarks ‘regrettable’: FO


ISLAMABAD: Claiming Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s anti-Pakistan statements are ‘regrettable’, the Foreign Office said on Tuesday that the statements confirm Pakistan’s stance on India’s negative role.


“This only confirms Pakistan’s stance on India’s negative role against a sovereign neighbouring state,” Foreign Office spokesperson Qazi Khalilullah said in a statement.

Khalilullah added, “It is regrettable that Indian politicians not only indulge in actions that are in violation of the United Nations’ Charter but also take pride in recalling their interference in the internal affairs of other states.”

Further, the spokesperson upheld that while Pakistan believes in peaceful co-existence and maintaining good neighbourly relations with India, characterization of bilateral relations by Prime Minister Modi as “nuisance” is unfortunate.

The spokesperson reiterated that the people of Pakistan and Bangladesh are bound not only by the strong bonds of religious affinity but also by the history of their struggle for independence against colonial rule.

Indian attempts to sow seeds of discord between the two brotherly nations of Pakistan and Bangladesh will not succeed, he stressed.

Khalilullah’s statement comes after much criticism from politicians following the Indian premier’s allegations at Dhaka University.

Earlier this morning, Leader of the Opposition Khursheed Shah, while addressing the National Assembly said that the Foreign Office should take notice of Modi’s statements against Pakistan.

Modi on Sunday accused Pakistan of creating “nuisance” and “constantly” troubling India by promoting terrorism.

His latest outburst against Pakistan came during his address at the Bangabandhu International Convention Centre in Dhaka. The Indian prime minister was on a two-day visit to Bangladesh, where he vowed to jointly combat terrorism in the region with the country, which gained independence from Pakistan in 1971.

“Pakistan constantly disturbs India, creates nuisances, stokes terrorism… terror incidents keep on happening,” Modi said in his address in Hindi to the Dhaka University students.

During his address to the National Assembly, Shah said that Modi’s statements against the country were “extremely condemnable”.

Further, he said that “Pakistan has always tried to maintain good relations with its neighbouring countries.”

Shah also went on to say that “Pakistan has suffered a greater deal of challenges than the Mumbai attacks.”

“I admit that India is a big county, but we are also an autonomous power,” he said.

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