Pakistan gives Modi a stinging rejoinder

Published: September 9, 2016
India sponsoring terror in South Asia, says Foreign Office. PHOTO: REUTERS

India sponsoring terror in South Asia, says Foreign Office. PHOTO: REUTERS

ISLAMABAD: A simmering war of words between Pakistan and India heated up on Thursday when Islamabad accused New Delhi of sponsoring and financing terrorism in South Asia.

“Yes, the public confession of Indian intelligence agency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) officer Kulbhushan Yadav makes a clear reference to that country in South Asia,” Foreign Office spokesperson Nafees Zakaria told a questioner at weekly news briefing. He was asked to comment on the recent allegations of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

G-20 Summit: Modi singles out Pakistan for ‘spreading terror’ in region

Yadav, an Indian navy commander in the service of RAW, was arrested by Pakistani intelligence agencies in Balochistan earlier this year. And in a subsequent video confession he said that the Indian spy agency was fomenting trouble in Pakistan, especially in Balochistan and Karachi.

Speaking at the G20 summit in China on Monday, Modi referred to Pakistan as a single nation fomenting terror in South Asia. He also made a similar reference while addressing a summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) in Laos on Thursday.

Modi’s remarks at the G20 summit were shared by his country’s foreign ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup on his Twitter handle. “Indeed, one single nation in South Asia is spreading these agents of terror in the countries of our region,” Modi was quoted as saying.

“There are some nations that use it as an instrument of state policy,” he added. Modi went on to claim that his country has “a policy of zero tolerance to terrorism,” before adding that “for us, a terrorist is a terrorist.”

Relations between the two hyphenated but hostile neighbours have been on a downward trajectory since the killing of a popular Kashmiri separatist Burhan Wani in a police shootout on July 8. Wani’s killing sparked mass protests in the disputed Kashmir state. Indian security forces used brute force in an attempt to quell the unrest, killing at least 90 protesters and injuring thousands in the process.

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Pakistan has launched an aggressive diplomacy to highlight the atrocities of Indian forces. India, which is increasingly upset over Pakistan’s policy, launched a counter offensive by first talking about alleged rights abuses in Balochistan and then repeating charges of terrorism.

Zakaria told reporters that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif would raise the issue of Kulbhushan Yadav and the involvement of RAW in stoking terrorism in Pakistan at the upcoming UN General Assembly session in New York.

Turning towards the ongoing unrest in Kashmir, Zakaria expressed Pakistan’s ‘anguish and deep concern’ over the continued atrocities by Indian forces in Kashmir. He deplored what he called international apathy towards the sufferings of Kashmiris that allowed Indian forces to continue their reign of terror with impunity.

“More than 90 innocent and helpless Kashmiri young men, women and children have been martyred thus far while killings continue. The number of eye injury victims due to the use of pellet guns by Indian occupation forces is now over 700 whereas those injured is around 10,000,” he said.

Export of terror: Modi raps Pakistan again at summit

Zakaria pointed out there were alarming statistics, which Prime Minister Nawaz highlighted in his latest wake-up call to the international community and proponents of human rights.  “The prime minister’s key message was ‘silence over atrocities is equally wrong and unjustifiable,” he said.

Zakaria said Premier Nawaz would forcefully raise the Kashmir dispute in his address to the UN General Assembly session.

The also spokesperson confirmed that Pakistan’s High Commissioner Abdul Basit was summoned by India over purported cancellation of an invitation to the Indian envoy in Karachi. “Yes, he was called in by the Indian foreign office and given a demarche. We are gathering more information related to this episode. However, let me point out that the Karachi Chambers of Commerce and Industries (KCCI) is an independent body.”

Responding to a question about the start of a Balochi language service by All India Radio, Zakaria said the move was an attempt to divert attention from ongoing human rights violations by Indian forces in Jammu and Kashmir.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 9th, 2016.

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Reader Comments (41)

  • Amir
    Sep 9, 2016 - 9:31AM

    “Pakistan gives Modi a stinging rejoinder”

    Unfortunately no one is listening to Pakistan or what they say. Modi comments came at a larger forum G20 and ASEAN leaders, where pakistan was not even invited. With absence of a strong foreign policy we still think we are living in the 60s.

    The headline is for the ignorant Pakistani consumption.Recommend

  • PrakashG
    Sep 9, 2016 - 9:38AM

    …Indian spy agency was fomenting trouble in Pakistan, especially in Balochistan and Karachi.
    Why would India need to stir a pot that is already boiling? Sorry, but there is no equality between Yadav, an alleged spy, and Kasab who was caught red-handed in the act of murdering people.Recommend

  • salman
    Sep 9, 2016 - 9:49AM


    No one listens India as well. Did Modi’s rhetoric against Pakistan recently made headlines in any international news websites ? NO ?Recommend

  • Humza
    Sep 9, 2016 - 9:58AM

    @Amir: The world knows only too well what Indian agents like Yadav are up to. The fact that Modi is so obsessed to bring up Pakistan at each and every opportunity reveals not only his insecurity but his real guilt. The world knows about oppression in Indian occupied Kashmir and no feeble attempt to divert attention will not change this.Recommend

  • NKAli
    Sep 9, 2016 - 10:24AM

    All Indian atrocities come with the blessings of the global mercenary…the USA. Our long time transactional friend. All problems in Libya, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Palestine, Kashmir are with the full blessings of America…the global Goonda. The refugees problem in the Middle East and Europe is a result of the wars started directly/indirectly. Salams Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Sep 9, 2016 - 10:43AM

    Larger forum, you mean large insignificant crowd! Besides there is no point in giving sweeping statements. Recommend

  • Gebde
    Sep 9, 2016 - 11:07AM

    OBL was found and killed in Pakistan .
    Mullah Omer died in Pakistan.Recommend

  • Manju
    Sep 9, 2016 - 11:29AM

    You think G20 ( a conglomerate of 20 biggest economic & military powers of the world ) which includes some Muslim Arab nations too and ASEAN ( conglomerate of all big economic & military powers of South East Asia region ) as insignificant!
    God bless you!!Recommend

  • Tyggar
    Sep 9, 2016 - 11:56AM

    Modi addresses the world while Pakistani leaders address their own massesRecommend

  • TBS
    Sep 9, 2016 - 1:03PM

    Isn’t everyone missing the point? Here is the Indian PM condemning Pakistan at every forum and here we are giving rejoinders by a Foreign Office spokesperson. Where is our PM’s response? Perhaps he is too busy cutting ribbons and scheming and plotting to frustrate the nations demands of coming clean on Panama leaks.Recommend

  • Jat
    Sep 9, 2016 - 1:07PM

    As if it will make a difference if modi speaks to the world…Recommend

  • Pathan
    Sep 9, 2016 - 1:08PM

    And the same will happen to Yadav in Pakistan.. .Recommend

    Sep 9, 2016 - 1:15PM

    Modi is crying everywhere!Recommend

  • Black Diesel
    Sep 9, 2016 - 1:36PM

    @ tyggar
    Exactly, because modi needs the world and the world needs us.
    A simple statement for the sane people.

  • Lahori
    Sep 9, 2016 - 1:54PM

    And what difference did it make?Recommend

  • Peshawar ka afghan
    Sep 9, 2016 - 2:38PM

    Modi’s moaning has made no difference and never will… not a single mainstream covering his blabbing Recommend

  • Peshawar ka afghan
    Sep 9, 2016 - 2:42PM

    @Black Diesel:
    Good point…. modi cannot dictate us so he has gone to big daddies crying….Recommend

  • Rahul
    Sep 9, 2016 - 2:43PM

    Modi is making a difference. The scrapped F-16 deal, the reduction of your aid by America. And many more to come .Recommend

  • Abhijeet
    Sep 9, 2016 - 2:48PM

    But the world leader’s heard him. That is what matters.Recommend

  • Abhijeet
    Sep 9, 2016 - 2:51PM

    Such events don’t have immediate or short term consequences. Unfortunately, Pakistan is simply playing a tit for tat game in diplomacy. Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Sep 9, 2016 - 2:59PM

    This is exactly what the problem is with the Indians. Just because they are involved in something, it does not make it important. If the conglomerate is a failure, there is no point no matter what the size is. ASEAN has developed into such a big success that for the first time in the history, it failed to even reach a consensus on a joint communiqué. ASEAN tried to tackle South China sea issue basically China bashing and see what happened?!! The Malaysian foreign Minister did not even show up for the meeting and the rest just played innocent. It is China not ASEAN where the future is but we are glad that the Indians are betting on a dead horse.Recommend

  • Zen
    Sep 9, 2016 - 4:21PM

    UN is in the same league yet you keep mailing letters to the dead post box.Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Sep 9, 2016 - 4:30PM

    Lol…. so u think scrapping of F16 is due to modi ranting…. few years ago your modi mood was banned from visiting certain countries. He has no integrity and certainly no influence. Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Sep 9, 2016 - 4:31PM

    Yup heard him alright… And ignored himRecommend

  • Zen
    Sep 9, 2016 - 4:39PM

    I hope you meant what you said.
    You better stop NS from mentioning India and ‘your jugular vein’ at the UN as it will not make any difference to the world.Recommend

  • Sandip
    Sep 9, 2016 - 4:51PM

    @Gebde: How could they not be? They are Pakistani heroes after all.Recommend

  • Manju
    Sep 9, 2016 - 6:20PM

    Larger forum, you mean large insignificant crowd!

    This “large insignificant crowd” includes an ‘insignificant’ 70% of world’s population & the heads of states from all the major powers across all the continents of Earth except Antarctica!
    You still want to underestimate G20?Recommend

  • Zen
    Sep 9, 2016 - 6:39PM

    While business minded iron-clad brother invited him two times.Recommend

  • Rasul
    Sep 9, 2016 - 7:06PM

    These are not insignificant groups but your chaiwala was dramatizing the events in front of economic forums. Nobody from the Foreign Ministry told him what to say at what forum. Keep making unnecessary noises, the world is laughing at you. Recommend

  • sterry
    Sep 9, 2016 - 9:43PM

    @Manju: We think it’s fun that Modi mentions Pakistan at each and every international venue. It’s good for Pakistan because the world can look into the region and see the real issues like Indian occupied Kashmir and oppression of freedom. You think G 20 leaders can’t see real facts?Recommend

  • Jat
    Sep 9, 2016 - 10:13PM

    When NS Will talk, we Will discuss it then. You can come to the board and we can have a constructive discussion. By the way, we will definitely talk about our guest Yadav and expose the double standards of India.. ..Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Sep 9, 2016 - 10:15PM

    Lol… when all else fails… change the topic…what has China inviting modi TWO times got to do with this news. Recommend

  • patriot
    Sep 9, 2016 - 11:02PM

    Problem with Pakistan is that Kulbhushan Yadav is known only in Pakistan , while Pakistani heros like hafiz saed , mulla umar , Osama bin laden , Daud Ibrahim etc. are known in whole world. So when we say “that one country ” then whole world except Pakistan understands that we are referring Pakistan,. Recommend

  • MK
    Sep 10, 2016 - 5:21AM

    Even if he confessed to “fomenting trouble”, does that necessarily mean terrorism? How did they come to that conclusion? Can RAW actually be linked to terrorism? Is there hard evidence? Recommend

  • wb
    Sep 10, 2016 - 5:22AM


    “All Indian atrocities come with the blessings of the global mercenary…the USA. Our long time transactional friend. All problems in Libya, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Palestine, Kashmir are with the full blessings of America…the global Goonda.”

    Everything is America’s fault. Battle of Khaibar was America’s conspiracy. Siege of Uthman was USA’s conspiracay. Hazrat Ali’s killing was Amrica’s conspiracy. Shia and Sunni killing each other for 1400 years was America’s conspiracy. Recommend

  • Zen
    Sep 10, 2016 - 8:07AM

    The topic was never changed. You started by saying that some countries barred PM Modi. I just stated that China welcomed him twice with open arms at the same time. Tell me who would you believe: China or some countries (as per your comment)?Recommend

  • Zen
    Sep 10, 2016 - 8:27AM

    When you are confining that he is your guest, then what is there to talk. Please stop embarrassing yourselves further.Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Sep 10, 2016 - 12:25PM

    What is there to believe. Some countries barred him because of his shoddy past and China invited him…i believe in countries that initially barred him…. hope that answers your question.Recommend

  • Jat
    Sep 10, 2016 - 12:29PM

    when we have guests like Yadav… we know how to extract information from our “guests”…. i had this comment to add… now go to sleep and see you on another news boardRecommend

  • Zen
    Sep 10, 2016 - 6:43PM

    So you invite guests and then extract information from them. Hope NS quotes you at the UNGA.Recommend

  • Zen
    Sep 10, 2016 - 8:22PM

    I presume that you believe what they say on Pakistan.Recommend

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