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Unfortunate that India continues vilification campaign against Pakistan: FO

ISLAMABAD: The Foreign Office (FO) on Sunday rejected accusations levelled by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying that India was “trying to distract world attention from the atrocities perpetrated by its occupation forces” in India-held Kashmir (IHK), the state-run radio service reported.

In his first speech since the Uri attack, Indian PM Modi, addressing Pakistan, said: “We will isolate you. I will work for that.”

The Indian premier accused Pakistan of instigating terror attacks in Bangladesh and Afghanistan, and of trying to destabilise India by exporting terrorism. In the same breath, Modi challenged Pakistan to “fight a war on poverty and unemployment and see who wins first, India or Pakistan.”

The FO Spokesperson Nafees Zakaria said, “It is unfortunate that Indian leadership continues to indulge in a well-thought-out vilification campaign against Pakistan by making provocative statements and baseless accusations.”

He added that such an irresponsible display of behaviour at the highest political level was regrettable.

Zakaria reiterated that Indian forces were “using brute force against innocent and defenceless Kashmiris, including children and women”.

“These atrocities have intensified since the extra-judicial killing of Kashmiri youth leader Burhan Muzaffar Wani in July this year,” he said.

The spokesperson stated that the international community has also taken notice of these blatant human rights violations, with concerns expressed by several countries as well as the United Nations and the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation.

He said there are increasing demands for independent investigations and fact-finding missions to be sent to IHK.

Zakaria alleged that although India has “cast aspersions on Pakistan, it continues to sponsor terrorism in Pakistan directly through its state apparatus.”

“The arrest and confessional statements of a serving Indian Navy officer and intelligence operative, Kulbhushan Yadhav, reveal beyond a shadow of doubt how India fuels terrorist activities in various parts of Pakistan, including Balochistan and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas.”

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