Foreign Office laments creation of 'war hysteria' by Indian media

FO spokesperson categorically rejects accusations by New Delhi that Islamabad was behind Sunjwan attack in IoK

News Desk February 15, 2018
Pakistan Foreign Office. PHOTO: FILE PHOTO

The Foreign Office (FO) has lamented the deliberate creation of 'war hysteria' by the Indian media following a militant attack on an Indian military camp in Indian Occupied Kashmir (IoK), according to a press release issued by the FO in Islamabad.

Pakistan has also strongly rejected allegations of certain Indian police and defence officials, as well as media groups, in connection with the reported attack on Sunjwan camp in IoK.

"In a well established pattern, Indian occupation forces launch false flag operations, while Indian officials begin making irresponsible statements and leveling unfounded allegations, even before any proper investigation in any incident has been initiated," the press release quotes FO spokesperson Muhammad Faisal as saying.

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The FO said that a particular segment of the Indian media was running stories with a clear intention to malign Pakistan and whip up public frenzy.

"We are confident that the world community would take due cognisance of India's smear campaign against Pakistan and the deliberate creation of war hysteria," Faisal remarked.
According to the Foreign Office, these tactics are also aimed at diverting attention from the India state terrorism in IoK.

"The brutalisation of peaceful, unarmed Kashmiris through harassment, incarceration, disappearances, torture, extra-judicial killings, sham trials and summary executions is well documented internationally," Faisal stated.

"The valiant people of IoK, however, remain resilient in the face of all these hardships, as they pursue their legitimate right to self-determination."
The FO also declared that Pakistan was fully committed and capable of defending itself against any act of aggression.

"We expect the international community to take cognisance of the belligerent and repeated Indian statements against Pakistan, which are not only against international law but also threatens regional peace and security," the FO spokesperson noted.
FO spokesperson Muhammad Faisal expressed deep sadness at the tragic crash of a Russian passenger aircraft, resulting in the loss of seventy-one lives.

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"We convey our deepest sympathies and heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families. The people and the government of Pakistan share the pain of the people and the government of the Russian Federation and stand by them in this hour of grief," Faisal said.

Commenting on the political crisis in the Maldives, Faisal clarified the position of Pakistan.

"Pakistan does not support any move by foreign states to interfere in the internal affairs of the Maldives and influence its upcoming elections. As enshrined in the UN Charter, non-interference in the domestic affairs of other countries has always been the key principle of our foreign policy," Faisal informed reporters.

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The FO spokesperson said Pakistan expected that other countries would also adhere to this principle of the UN Charter, in view of ongoing political situation in Maldives.

"We believe that the internal affairs of Maldives should be resolved internally in consultation with all the stakeholders. The sovereignty and territorial integrity of Maldives should be respected by all."