In an extremely sharp retort, India said that it has enough of Pakistan’s “trademark exports” of terrorism and infiltration, and doesn’t need any more of it.
“Completely and categorically” rejecting Pakistan Foreign Ministry’s offer, External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Vikas Swarup said, “A communication was apparently delivered to our High Commission in Islamabad on August 12. I can only characterise its contents that propose sending supplies to the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir as absurd.”
“India and others in the region have already received enough of Pakistan’s trademark exports – international terrorism, cross-border infiltrators, weapons, narcotics and fake currency,” Swarup said in a retort.
India’s reaction came on a day when Pakistani forces violated the ceasefire along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch district. Not just that, it’s also a day that Pakistan celebrates its independence, which is a day ahead of India’s Independence Day.
Earlier in the day, Pakistani High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit made provocative statements over Kashmir during Independence Day celebrations at the Pakistani embassy in Islamabad. Basit said Pakistan vows to continue its full diplomatic, political and moral support to the people of Kashmir.
Pakistan even was dedicated its Independence Day to Kashmir’s “freedom”.
“As far as Jammu and Kashmir is concerned, we are dedicating this year’s Independence Day to the freedom of Kashmir. And we firmly believe that the sacrifices made by the people of Jammu and Kashmir will not go in vain…The ongoing unrest should be ended. Pakistan will continue to extend its full diplomatic, political and moral support to the valiant people of Jammu and Kashmir till they get their right to self determination,” Basit said in Delhi.
In Islamabad too, President Mamnoon Hussain also raised the Kashmir issue while addressing a gathering at a flag hoisting ceremony. He said Pakistan will continue to support Kashmiris in their bid for the right to self-determination.
India and Pakistan have been engaged in a war of words over Pakistan and its Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s statements on the situation in Kashmir which has been witnessing unrest after Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani was killed on July 8.
Wani was described as a martyr by Pakistan and had raised the matter with a UN panel.
However, India has maintained that that Pakistan-sponsored terrorism is the root cause of the turbulence in the Valley which has been witnessing protests and curfew in parts for the past 36 days.
Meanwhile on Saturday, the MEA said it turned down Pakistan’s proposal to invite India for a dialogue on J&K. India made it clear that it will talk only on “contemporary and relevant” issues. India also said that the talks can begin only after Pakistan stopped supporting cross-border terrorism.
(With inputs from PTI)