Pakistan rejects Indian Punjab militancy claims

Indian home minister had earlier said ISI agency was pressuring Sikh militant leaders to target Punjab.


Afp June 06, 2013
File photo of foreign ministry spokesman Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry. PHOTO: APP/FILE

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Thursday denied New Delhi's allegation that its spy agency was trying to recruit and train extremists to carry out attacks across the border in the Indian state of Punjab.

Indian home minister Sushilkumar Shinde said on Wednesday that Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency was pressuring Sikh militant leaders to target Punjab and other parts of India.

"Pakistan rejects those remarks accusing us and implicating one of our government agencies for fomenting terror in Indian Punjab," said foreign ministry spokesman Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry.

"Such a statement in our view is uncalled for and regrettable. We feel that making such statement has the potential of undermining the efforts made by both sides to normalise the relations between the two countries."

The Indian home minister had said that there had been "some significant development on the Sikh militancy front' and accused the ISI of seeking to further its "terror plans" in India.

Chaudhry urged Delhi to share any evidence it had of such involvement and said further accusations could harm already fragile ties.

Tens of thousands of people died in a separatist drive for a Sikh homeland which erupted early in the 1980s in Punjab, but the strength of the militancy has since waned.

COMMENTS (58)

thor | 8 years ago | Reply

does not matter what anybody claims India has to live aside Pakistan & vice versa let the claim/rejection continue...

Murali Nair | 8 years ago | Reply

Friends from both India and Pakistan: This is possibly my last post on this article. Have you ever attended the postmortem of a dead body? If yes, did you ever observe any difference in the human anatomy between a Pakistani and an Indian, or for that matter between a Hindu and a Muslim? If your answer is that there was no difference, then why not bury the hatchet for ever and move on, if not for ourselves but at least for the sake of our future generations? If your answer is otherwise, I have nothing more to say on this any way.

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