Hindustan deprives Hindus of Katas Raj

By Staff Reporter
Wednesday - February 14, 2018
ISLAMABAD: Responding to Indian allegations about “Pakistan refusing visas to 173 Katas Raj pilgrims” foreign office (FO) spokesman Mohammed Faisal, in a statement, on Tuesday lashed, “Pakistan had made all the arrangements for the visit of Hindu pilgrims who, regrettably, were forced to withdraw their applications from Pakistan high commission in New Delhi, due to non-issuance of no objection certificate (NOC) by Indian FO.”

He underscored that recently India also denied the visit of Sikh pilgrims, followed by that of pilgrims from Pakistan and now Katas Raj pilgrims have been denied their right to perform their religious obligation.

Indian actions run counter to the letter and spirit of the “1974 Pakistan-India protocol on visits to religious shrines” and an obstruction for the people to people contacts, Faisal educated and added, such steps violate the basic human right to religious freedoms and are indicative of the escalatory ladder on which the government of India has embarked.

“These are against the spirit of peace and tranquility that Pakistan has been trying to promote,” FO spokesman concluded.

Defence minister Khurram Dastgir, in a statement, on Tuesday said, “India has failed to deliver justice to the 42 Pakistanis murdered in the Samjhota express terrorism 11 years ago.”

He reminded “India is destabilising regional peace in word and deed; through irresponsible statements on nuclear deterrent and through its bloody five-fold escalation in 2017 of attacks on unarmed civilians along the line of control (LoC) and working boundary (WB).”

Dastgir mentioned, “Pak armed forces are alive to all possibilities and prepared fully to defend territorial integrity” reminding “Backed fully by Pakistani people, our forces are vigilant on land, sea, and air.”

He stated, “Pakistan will pay India in its own coin in case of any Indian misadventure” reiterating “Any Indian aggression, strategic miscalculation or misadventure regardless of its scale, mode or location will not go ‘unpunished’ and shall be met with an equal and proportionate response.”

Dastgir held, “We will defend robustly every inch of Pakistan’s soil” lashing “Instead of the knee-jerk reaction of blaming Pakistan without substantiation, India must answer for State-sponsored espionage against Pakistan” reminding “Living evidence in person is of Indian navy (IN) commander KulbushanYadev.”