Latest allegation: Pakistan weighs response to Modi’s remarks

Published: June 9, 2015
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ISLAMABAD: Despite late night consultations on Monday, the government’s foreign policy wizards could not come up with a reaction to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s latest allegation against Pakistan. However, the head of the bipartisan parliamentary panel on foreign relations denounced Modi for his assertions.

Modi, who had wrapped up a two-day visit to Bangladesh on Sunday, not only accused Pakistan of spreading terrorism in India but also admitted that India had played a part in the break-up of Pakistan in 1971.

The Foreign Office remained busy the entire day to respond to the allegations but the government could not decide to what extent Pakistan should react, a source told The Express Tribune.

Prime Minister’s Adviser on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz said Pakistan would soon give a “well-considered” response to Modi’s allegations. He, however, did not give his own reaction, asking to “wait for the official response”.

Islamabad is also mulling over how to respond to the controversial move by Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina giving Modi a photograph of signing of the “historic instrument of surrender” of the 93,000 Pakistani soldiers to the India-Pakistan joint command in Dhaka in 1971.

Although the government is still weighing its options, National Assembly Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs Chairman Awais Leghari minced no words in condemning India’s role in breaking up Pakistan in 1971.

“It is actually a confession from the state of India that it believes and has been pursuing a policy of breaking up countries in the past and persists to do so till date,” Leghari told The Express Tribune on Monday.

He said he had convened a meeting of the parliamentary panel to discuss the implications of Modi’s visit to Bangladesh and his latest allegation that Pakistan was spreading terrorism in India.

“The international community’s bias is clearly visible in the fact that no one takes notice of whatever India does, including serious human rights violations and assisting insurgency in Balochistan,” Awais lamented.

He said the Foreign Office should, take up the matter at international forums and summon the Indian high commissioner to register its protest.

Modi’s statement is being seen as a part of the ongoing war of words between the two nuclear-armed neighbours. In the recent weeks, both the countries have accused each other of sponsoring terrorism.

While Pakistan is pointing fingers at RAW (Research & Analysis Wing) for spreading terrorism in the country, India is restating its allegations that Islamabad is doing little to prosecute the November 2008 Mumbai attackers.

Published in The Express Tribune, June 9th, 2015. 

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  • rajesh
    Jun 9, 2015 - 8:36AM

    Doesnt anybody know in Pakistan or do they conveniently ignore the fact that Indian army entered East Pakistan ONLY after Pakistan army attacked Indian army? The first attack was by West Pakistan air force which forced India to react, while thousands of bengali hindus were being killed and women were being raped. Recommend

  • Jun 9, 2015 - 8:40AM

    Sartaz can not answer when he knows Pakistan is at fault. As usual.Recommend

  • pakistani
    Jun 9, 2015 - 9:13AM

    @rajesh:
    that’s what they told you in india.Recommend

  • Haider
    Jun 9, 2015 - 9:13AM

    @Rajesh
    First attack was done bcz India was helping East Pakistan become Bangladesh. Raw had become very successful by that time….. One does not simply launch an attack when cRecommend

  • Haider
    Jun 9, 2015 - 9:13AM

    @Rajesh
    First attack was done bcz India was helping East Pakistan become Bangladesh. Raw had become very successful by that time….. One does not simply launch an attack when civil war is going onRecommend

  • Ch Allah Daad
    Jun 9, 2015 - 9:19AM

    I believe Mian Nawaz Sharif should again use his successful Mango and Sari diplomacy. This time he should send larger crates of mangoes and more expensive Sari from public tax money to diffuse the tension since it is in national interest of countryRecommend

  • Prakash
    Jun 9, 2015 - 9:47AM

    Pakistan would soon give a “well-considered” response…
    I hope this ‘well-considered’ response will be delivered by your PM while standing on the soil of Bangladesh in front of thousands of Bangladeshis, just the way Modi did.Recommend

  • Faizan Maqbool
    Jun 9, 2015 - 10:01AM

    If its taking that long to give a response, don’t bother giving one, and, further, why bother announcing its taking that long ?? Yawn !………….zz’zzzzzzz’…………sknxxx…..zzz’Recommend

  • Blunt
    Jun 9, 2015 - 10:08AM

    ‘Largest democracy in the world’ Ladies and Gentlemen making confessions of the role he has yet played in the global and regional peace and stability.Recommend

  • Raj - USA
    Jun 9, 2015 - 10:16AM

    “Islamabad is also mulling over how to respond to the controversial move by Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina giving Modi a photograph of signing of the “historic instrument of surrender” of the 93,000 Pakistani soldiers to the India-Pakistan joint command in Dhaka in 1971.”

    Pakistan would do better if it first analyzes its own criticism and condemnation of Bangladesh hanging Jamat leaders who they consider are traitors of Bangladesh and have committed serious war crimes. Recommend

  • PARVEZ
    Jun 9, 2015 - 10:18AM

    Why doesn’t the international community take heed of Modi’s statement? Nobody cares about Pakistan anymore. Recommend

  • lmao
    Jun 9, 2015 - 10:27AM

    why is giving a photograph of the “instrument of surrender” controversial ????? Humilaiting yes but controversial???? I don’t get it. Can someone pls enlighten me? Recommend

  • Jamal
    Jun 9, 2015 - 10:39AM

    @rajesh:please correct yourself and check facts before you write something that paksitan attacked before india invaded east pakistan.india plain clothes army men were entering through pours borders with mukti bahaini from end of september 1970 and newspapers all full of pakistani governments statements of that time and if i remember correctly even paksitan complained officially to united nations on this.the date of entry by indian troops to esat pakkstan was decided by india read jagit sigh arora commander eastrern command autobiography. why would pakistan attack india when they were full of problems in east pakistan with the local bengalis. Recommend

  • Khurram
    Jun 9, 2015 - 10:43AM

    Indians just remember what Zia said to Rajeev, Bangladesh break up is history now.Recommend

  • Rabia
    Jun 9, 2015 - 10:49AM

    At least the words are speaking truth by their own and proved the recent google report of Modi to be a top ten criminal in the world. He is fomenting terrorism in Pakistan and Bangladesh and his foreign policy is nothing then a piece of envelop. Recommend

  • Deepak
    Jun 9, 2015 - 10:53AM

    pakistan got seperate nation from India. But same pakistan opposing separate nation from pakistan. What an irony.Recommend

  • VermaG
    Jun 9, 2015 - 11:02AM

    “Islamabad is also mulling over how to respond to the controversial move by Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina giving Modi a photograph of signing of the “historic instrument of surrender” of the 93,000 Pakistani soldiers to the India-Pakistan joint command in Dhaka in 1971.”Recommend

  • Pity
    Jun 9, 2015 - 11:03AM

    Finally India confesses of breaking up Pakistan in 1971.Recommend

  • Anon
    Jun 9, 2015 - 11:52AM

    @PARVEZ:

    Why international community, why not China…..why China is not responding….is concept of sweeter than…….is from one side only.?Recommend

  • F Khan
    Jun 9, 2015 - 12:07PM

    @Deepak: That argument can be used also on Kashmir. Indian helped BD get independence and when the Kashmirs want it they are against it.Recommend

  • Tazeen
    Jun 9, 2015 - 12:47PM

    Pakistan and India are the two nuclear but arch historical rivals. Both states share common enmity and hatred for each other and this is a proven fact that the very regional strategic balance and peace depends highly on the very attitudes of these two nations. In order to maintain the regional balance and peace where at one point some communities are organizing and initiating CBMs on the other side Mr. Modi the so called visionary person is trying to disturb the equilibrium and dragging the region towards instability and aggression by passing harsh statements. Terrorism is a global phenomenon and Pakistan is trying hard to curb the very activities from its soil. These allegations obviously demand a strong blow from the Pakistani officials so that to avoid future mischievous on part of Indian counter part. Recommend

  • Indian Guy
    Jun 9, 2015 - 12:49PM

    @Blunt And the atrocities committed by the Pakistani army in Bangladesh was completely in line with promoting regional peace and stability. Also don’t forget that in this case, the Bengalis were the majority not the west Pakistani establishment. Very rarely do you see the minority not allowing the majority to fulfill there mandate to rule.Recommend

  • Deepak
    Jun 9, 2015 - 1:27PM

    @ F Khan – Do you know in pok candidate is allowed to stand in an election if he gives in writing that he believes in alliance with pakistan and if he believes in ally with India or separate kashmir nation then he is not allowed to stand in an election. And that is not the case with elections in Indian Kashmir. Recommend

  • Milind
    Jun 9, 2015 - 2:45PM

    @Haider – “One does not simply launch an attack when civil war is going on”

    Anything is possible in Pakistan… Didn’t you army focus on the ‘Eastern front’ and resort to scare-mongering about India being your main enemy all these years, when the faceless enemy was in your midst, slaughtering your own people?
    Didn’t Musharraf feed you the drivel about India intruding your country and warning India to ‘layoff Kashmir’ before he did his infamous U-turn and join the American war on terror in Afghanistan post 9/11?Recommend

  • Hammad
    Jun 10, 2015 - 12:11AM

    Pakistan needs an able and strong foreign minister. Awais Leghari is the ideal choice as Sartaj Aziz has not contested senate elections. He is the only one who has responded to Modi and has also been very vocal and representative of the foreign office lately. The Mian’s will never let the clever ones come ahead.Recommend

  • Tariq Babar
    Jun 10, 2015 - 2:41AM

    Pakistani leadership proved its ability and joined hands with China. India always had worst relations with Pakistan and China and the wrong Foreign policy of India always creates problems for India itself. Now instead of blaming Pakistan ,The Indian nation should ask and put to accountability its own leadership.Recommend

  • Jun 10, 2015 - 8:45AM

    I am not getting as to what is this confusion that “Finally India confesses of breaking up Pakistan in 1971.” The world knew of India’s intervention even before Indian forces crossed the borders as Mrs Indra Gandhi had gone around the world and apprised of India’s predicament. Secondly, what is this “controversial move by Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina giving Modi a photograph of signing of the “historic instrument of surrender” of the 93,000 Pakistani soldiers to the India-Pakistan joint command in Dhaka in 1971.” Sir, there is no controversy this is a historical fact. I wonder what is this “India-Pakistan joint command” there was never any joint command of India-Pakistan. The surrender was to command of INDIA. Recommend

  • Jun 10, 2015 - 8:59AM

    I am surprised as to why the top news of today that Indian Army has carried out surgical operations killing large number of terrorists in two camps deep inside Myanmar has not been published in Tribune.Recommend

  • Ashish
    Jun 10, 2015 - 12:01PM

    First you all need to understand that why Bangladesi wanted freedom from east pakistan? because pakistani militry were involve in Rape, crime, loot all the damn things. Example : In your neighbour if someone is trying to rape a woman you would not go for help. That’s what Indian did. Same things repeated in Kashmir by pakistani militry. And you can compare the circumstances of Kashmiries both side and see who is better living. Think freely with open mind, correct your mistakes and be a better nation. Recommend

  • Pankaj
    Jun 10, 2015 - 12:37PM

    All my friends crying about RAW’s involvement and Mukatibahini, can they name one country declared Mukati Bhahini as terrorist group? While LeT, JuD, Hizb etc… fighting in Kasmir are declared terrorist organization all over the world.Recommend

  • fiaz khan
    Jun 13, 2015 - 10:59AM

    @Ashish:
    kasmire peoples wants freedom from india why india is run away from the UNO revolations?and now india wants to become permanent member of UNO
    such country which is not ready to accepts UNO revolations are eligible to got its permanent membership? please indians justice with world Recommend

  • Jun 13, 2015 - 11:26AM

    Dipak@pakistani: you guys are brainwashed. Read the real history on internet, not what your Military wrote in Pakistani fake history. Otherwise check with Nadeem Paracha of Dawn.Recommend

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