Pakistan, India in bitter war of words

Published: July 22, 2016
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Pakistani rangers (wearing black uniforms) and Indian Border Security Force (BSF) officers lower their national flags during a daily parade at the Pakistan-India joint check-post at Wagah border, near Lahore November 3, 2014. PHOTO: REUTERS

Pakistani rangers (wearing black uniforms) and Indian Border Security Force (BSF) officers lower their national flags during a daily parade at the Pakistan-India joint check-post at Wagah border, near Lahore November 3, 2014. PHOTO: REUTERS

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and India engaged in a bitter diplomatic spat on Thursday after the nuclear-armed neighbours accused each other of escalating violence in the disputed region of Jammu and Kashmir.

Speaking at a news conference at the Foreign Office, Prime Minister’s Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz directed scathing criticism at India for carrying out ‘state-sponsored terrorism’ to suppress the legitimate Kashmir freedom struggle.

As the adviser spoke in Islamabad, India’s Union Minister Rajnath Singh accused Pakistan of destabilising India and the country’s external affairs ministry alleged Islamabad was inciting violence in the disputed valley.

India lambasts Pakistan as tensions flare over Kashmir

“We have seen reports about rallies, events and statements related to Jammu and Kashmir. We once again ask Pakistan to stop inciting violence and terrorism in any part of our country,” a statement by the Indian ministry said.

However, Sartaj Aziz dismissed Indian objections and made it clear that it was not Pakistan but India, which was violating the UN Security Council resolutions on Kashmir. “The spontaneous and widespread uprising proves that Kashmir struggle is indigenous and rejects the Indian accusations against Pakistan for stirring trouble in Indian Administrated Kashmir,” the adviser said.

He insisted that Indian attempts to claim that the deteriorating human rights situation in Kashmir is India’s internal affair “is factually incorrect, legally untenable and indeed a violation of international law and UNSC resolutions.”

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“Such a brutal use of force is a blatant violation of fundamental rights of the Kashmiri people especially the right to life,” he said. “It is a clear manifestation of state-terrorism to suppress Kashmiris’ voice for the right to self-determination,” he further added.

The adviser told reporters that Pakistan would approach the UN Human Rights Council with a request to send a fact finding mission in Indian Kashmir for investigations into the recent killings of innocent civilians.

“Firing by the Indian forces on peaceful protesters is not acceptable under any circumstances,” the adviser said. He accused Indian armed forces of using live ammunition on mobs.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 22nd, 2016.

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Reader Comments (10)

  • Ravian
    Jul 22, 2016 - 9:35AM

    The best that Pakistan can do at the moment is to leave the Kashmiris to fight their fight. Pakistan’s involvement only gives India a chance of shifting the blame to Pakistan. Recommend

  • vinsin
    Jul 22, 2016 - 9:56AM

    If India is violating UN Security Council resolutions on Kashmir then that has to be complained in UN. UNHRC – it is complaining India about India. There is nothing called state terrorism. Well the protestors were never peaceful.Recommend

  • Haji Atiya
    Jul 22, 2016 - 11:10AM

    @Ravian:
    Even if Pakistan left the Kashmiris to their own devices, what’s to stop India blaming us anyway ? Recommend

  • shafi
    Jul 22, 2016 - 11:51AM

    @vinsin, plz see the writing on the wall, kashmiris do not consider themselves indians, no matter how much force u used ,http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/07/kashmiris-decry-world-silence-killings-160710165312853.html ,ur just land greedy nation.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VTS5JGgfOCERecommend

  • Umar Farooq
    Jul 22, 2016 - 12:16PM

    @Ravian
    we will never abandon our suppressed brothers who are calling to us, who are waving our flag, who want to be a part of Pakistan.

    @vinsin
    it was a peaceful protest until 1989 and then it started as an armed resistance.Recommend

  • Vaidyanathan
    Jul 22, 2016 - 12:29PM

    Do the real inhibitors the Kashmiri pamdits never considered Pakistan as their own. Pamdits considered Pakistan the number one enemy of Kashmir is. World is watching. Election in Pakistan is a farce.Recommend

  • Mohammed Wani
    Jul 22, 2016 - 12:42PM

    “He accused Indian armed forces of using live ammunition on MOBS” – Correct Mr Sartaz Aziz these are criminals.Recommend

  • Umar Farooq
    Jul 22, 2016 - 1:45PM

    Its not pamdits, its pandits.
    And they are not in majority. The majority population of Valley is Muslim.
    So it doesn’t matter whether pandits think us as worst enemies or whatever.Recommend

  • Mohammed Sattar
    Jul 22, 2016 - 1:46PM

    Sartaj aziz statement claiming indian troops using live amunition on mobs. This shows how our politicians have very little grasp of English instead of saying peaceful protesters he uses the word mob. If you cannot express yourself properly Mr aziz, please be quite. Recommend

  • Iqbal
    Jul 26, 2016 - 5:52PM

    Actually the Vale of Kashmir is only 7% of the total J& K & Ladakh & GB .

    Jammu (hindus, muslims ,sikhs) and Ladakh(buddhists) have no problem with India , GB(Shia &others) doesn’t want to be with punjab Pakistan but rather with India , and finally the real inhabitants of the Vale of Kashmir are the Kashmiri pandits, who were driven out.

    The rest are tribal people who crossed the border in 1948 and settled there,including my family.

    There are only 178 militants left , there were thousands earlier in Kashmir, only a matter of time before the militants in Kashmir are eliminated .

    The stone throwers are paid by the hurriyat conf via their Rawalpindi offices. All the above are facts not my opinion, please digest slowly .Thanks.

    Iqbal
    JammuRecommend

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