India blatantly trying to deflect attention from Kashmir: Aziz

Published: September 19, 2016
Sartaj says it is deplorable that India chose to blame Pakistan for the attack before carrying out formal investigation. PHOTO: REUTERS

Sartaj says it is deplorable that India chose to blame Pakistan for the attack before carrying out formal investigation. PHOTO: REUTERS

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s senior aide Sartaj Aziz on Monday said the attack on an Indian military base in Kashmir was a blatant attempt on New Delhi’s part to deflect attention from the situation in Indian Kashmir.

Rejecting India’s claims of Pakistan’s involvement in Sunday’s attack as ‘baseless’ and ‘irresponsible’, Aziz said, “It is a blatant attempt on India’s part to deflect attention from the fast deteriorating humanitarian and human rights situation in Indian Kashmir since the death of Burhan Wani.”

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Aziz further said it needs to be understood that the situation in IOK is not of Pakistan’s making but a direct consequence of illegal Indian occupation and a long history of atrocities that has resulted in several deaths.

“Pakistan has noted with serious concern the recent spate of vitriolic and unsubstantiated statements emanating from Indian civil and military leadership in the aftermath of yesterday’s attack on Indian occupation forces in the Uri sector of IOK,” he added.

Taking a jibe at the Indian government, Aziz further stated that it was particularly deplorable that India chose to blame Pakistan for the incident before carrying out formal investigation. “The statement is part of a pattern to mislead world opinion and cover up India’s reign of terror in IOK,” he said.

The adviser’s statement comes a day after Pakistan strongly denied any role in Sunday’s attack on the Indian military base in the disputed Kashmir region as it put border guards on ‘high alert’ amid fears of potential military escalation between the two countries. In a knee-jerk reaction to the attack on the brigade headquarters in Uri, India’s civil and military leaders squarely blamed Pakistan with media commentators calling for a military response.

Hours after the attack, India’s director general military operations (DGMO) Lieutenant General Ranbir Singh contacted his Pakistan counterpart Major General Sahir Shamshad Mirza through a hotline to claim that the attackers had infiltrated from Pakistan.

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The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) confirmed the hotline contact but said Maj Gen Mirza refuted the ‘unfounded and premature’ Indian allegations and asked his Indian counterpart to share any actionable intelligence. He made it clear that no infiltration was allowed from Pakistan’s side because ‘water tight’ arrangements were in place on both sides of the Line of Control and Working Boundary.

Speaking to reporters in Srinagar, Lt Gen Singh claimed that the four militants involved in the Uri attack were foreigners and linked with the Jaish-e-Muhammad militant group.

Foreign Office spokesperson Nafees Zakaria dismissed the Indian allegations as ‘baseless and unwarranted’.


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Reader Comments (33)

  • Shah
    Sep 19, 2016 - 12:57PM

    Indians are so smart to conclude from where they got attacked with in hours.. but their defence and intelligence is not that smart stop such acts???? Enough of this obsession..Recommend

  • vinsin
    Sep 19, 2016 - 1:01PM

    Pakistan FO is jumping and giving one statement after another even before Indian FO released any statement or completed investigation or blamed Pakistan.Recommend

  • Abdul Basith
    Sep 19, 2016 - 1:42PM

    Why there’s a blame game? Investigate throughly and then fix up who is responsible and single out that nasty rogue. Recommend

  • Jamal-ud-Din
    Sep 19, 2016 - 1:55PM

    Blaming Pakistan for sending infilterating into the other side of Kashmir, why does India not check its own security loop holes. India, on one hand has fenced the entire LOC and on the other hand, blames infilteration from Palistan. Stop befooling the world.Recommend

  • Acorn Guts
    Sep 19, 2016 - 1:59PM

    Let’s just look at the facts, India is openly carrying out atrocities in IOK, India is openly asking for punitive strikes against Pakistan, India is openly refusing to follow UN resolutions on Kashmir, India is openly accepting the part it played in destabilising East/West Pakistan and Balochistan etc. and on the other hand Pakistan is fighting war against terrorism on all fronts & trying to emerge as a responsible state.

    Yes we had a dark past, one that we are not too proud of but help us put it all behind! I know it is not India’s desire to see a stronger Pakistan but if we don’t stop now then it will become a far bigger nightmare than it is .. Pakistan must continue to eradicate terrorism, doesn’t matter if India likes it or not.Recommend

  • Srinivasulu Mekala
    Sep 19, 2016 - 2:22PM

    Relax, Pakistanis. This time there are not going to be any complaints, allegations; the days for that kind of futile exercises is over. We have got justification to do the inevitable. There is no need to convince you on any issue, no need to show you any proofs, the important thing is we are now convinced, we have proofs. We will do what we ought to do, at a time and place of our choosing. Thank you.Recommend

  • Shuaib
    Sep 19, 2016 - 2:30PM

    @vinsin: Have you seen your FM’s statement?Recommend

  • Sejra
    Sep 19, 2016 - 2:41PM

    Wait a minute! Are you serious??Recommend

  • Indian
    Sep 19, 2016 - 2:59PM

    Hi Shah, There were weapons of Pakistan make recovered from the terrorist. That is why it is easy to conclude the Pakistan involvement. The rifle were not forged nor are the available to buy from Market. The rifles comes with serial numbers. You can check where these rifles came from.Recommend

  • Bunny Rabbit
    Sep 19, 2016 - 3:56PM

    Pak instead of fighting directly like an elephant is letting out 1000 mice on India . IS it their idea of bleeding with a 1000 cuts ? Recommend

  • zoro
    Sep 19, 2016 - 3:56PM

    There will be REVENGE !!!… at the place and time of India’s choosing …
    Wait and watch this space ….Recommend

  • vinsin
    Sep 19, 2016 - 4:25PM

    Yes, No statement from Indian FM Sushma Suraj till now but there are already multiple statements from Pakistan FO.Recommend

  • Haider
    Sep 19, 2016 - 4:28PM

    @Srinivasulu Mekala:

    Try changing your doctor or medicine .. you will feel better! Thank you. Recommend

  • manish
    Sep 19, 2016 - 4:31PM

    Pakistan has the same story for Osama and world know where he was hiding, the same lies cannot be repeated multiple times, karma will hit back hard Recommend

  • selim gulverdi
    Sep 19, 2016 - 4:41PM

    I am from turkey I support kashmir..Recommend

  • Bilal
    Sep 19, 2016 - 4:57PM

    @ zoro:
    Dear Zoro, You are absolutely right, There will be a Revenge and that’s gonna be killing more Innocent Indian occupied Kashmir”s, Unfortunately they will face the brunt. Let us be sure about one thing India and its forces have no guts to take action against Pakistan. We have seen it in the past we will see it again in the future irrespective of how many attacks you face in coming future. It is easy to sit up and take notice. What is difficult is getting up and taking action,,,,, So bring it!!!!!!!!!!Recommend

  • wiserneighbour
    Sep 19, 2016 - 5:13PM

    @Salim,the turkish fanatic,who cares whom you support?Recommend

  • Acorn Guts
    Sep 19, 2016 - 5:30PM

    Stop being so melodramatic and sit down. This isn’t joke and games.Recommend

  • Balochi
    Sep 19, 2016 - 6:05PM

    I am from Balochistan and I support Kurds.Recommend

  • ajeet
    Sep 19, 2016 - 6:22PM

    @selim gulverdi:
    I’m from India and we Support the Kurds, Armenians and the Greek Cypriots against the Turkish barbariansRecommend

  • ZAK
    Sep 19, 2016 - 9:18PM

    Sartaj statement is very much true.
    I feel there was no attack in Uri Brigrade HQ.

    I was just a mock exercise by Indian Army to divert world attention from Indian Occupied Kashmir.Recommend

  • Shameless
    Sep 19, 2016 - 10:01PM

    @Srinivasulu Mekala:
    Indian media has done its job.Recommend

  • manish
    Sep 19, 2016 - 10:21PM

    @selim gulverdi: SO?Recommend

  • HZR
    Sep 19, 2016 - 10:33PM

    Of course any sensible nation will not only deflect the attention of those minuscule killers but will try to deflect the world opinion to ignore them as they are not worth the effort,India as a first step should stop the subsidies which these ungrateful people are now enjoying and allow them to fend or themselves.Recommend

  • Karnal-Sher-Forever
    Sep 20, 2016 - 12:10AM


    Weise, the Indian self waste consumer, no one cares what you say and who you blame. Recommend

  • Karnal-Sher-Forever
    Sep 20, 2016 - 12:11AM


    You are ur/ne drinker Hindu and I support Kashmir.Recommend

  • Karnal-Sher-Forever
    Sep 20, 2016 - 12:12AM


    Get your own house in order. Kashmiris are kicking your coward behinds.Recommend

  • Karnal-Sher-Forever
    Sep 20, 2016 - 12:14AM

    Whomever attacked and killed Indian soldiers made a point. Hold a referendum in Kashmir or else they will free themselves. Recommend

  • ajeet
    Sep 20, 2016 - 7:05PM

    From where I look, they are crying like kids, if their eyes are workingRecommend

  • Karnal-Sher-Khan-Forever
    Sep 20, 2016 - 10:25PM


    From what I am seeing in the news today, the families of Indian soldiers’ are crying and the whole country is crying along. Read the news if you can keep your eyes dry today. Recommend

  • bahadurkhan
    Sep 21, 2016 - 2:08AM

    @selim gulverdi:
    you mean to say turks treat kurds very well, and gave them a separate country..Recommend

  • bahadurkhan
    Sep 21, 2016 - 5:47AM

    @selim gulverdi:
    may be you can recommend that the kurds need independant country to erdogan.
    also please guide us on how to catch terrorists after your study of incidents in yesilkoy, ankara, incirlik.. Recommend

  • Pankaj Chaudhury
    Sep 21, 2016 - 9:48PM

    Just wait 4 our military action.. now we dont complaint will take action…you pakistanis dont kanow any thing other then Bullets & bomb just wait for bombing from India with LoveRecommend

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