Pak rejects Indian allegations and claims

By Staff Reporter
Wednesday – April 29, 2020
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan, on Tuesday, categorically rejected baseless Indian allegations of “infiltration attempts” and unfounded claims of targeting of “launching pads” across the line of control (LOC).

According to an official statement, it is obvious that the Indian propaganda machine is in over-drive.

Pakistan also rejects the provocative statements of the Indian defence minister (DM), including his recent preposterous claim, “We are dominating the enemy…”

There is nothing new about Indian DM Rajnath Singh’s delusions; nor about his belligerent anti-Pakistan rhetoric.

Repeated Indian allegations have one primary purpose: to divert world attention from India’s State-terrorism and grave human rights violations in Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IOJK).

India also seeks to use these allegations as a pretext for “false flag” operation.

Pakistan has been continuously sensitising the international community about such an eventuality and urging India to desist from any ill-considered action.

India’s belligerence continues to imperil peace in the region. In 2020 alone, India has committed 882 ceasefire violations (CFVs) and deliberately targeted innocent civilians living close to the LOC in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK).

At the same time, in the garb of so-called cordon-and-search operations (CASOs), the Indian occupation forces in IOJK have been particularly targeting the Kashmiri youth.

In April alone, 29 innocent Kashmiris have been martyred, including 7 since the onset of the holy month of Ramazan.

Besides, the harassment and intimidation of Kashmiri journalists has further intensified under the notorious “unlawful activities prevention act” (UAPA), while the Indian occupation forces continue to operate with complete impunity covered under draconian laws such as public safety act (PSA) and armed forces special powers act (AFSPA).

On the other hand, continued communications restrictions and lack of unfettered access to medical and other essential supplies are compounding the COVID-19 (coronavirus) situation for the Kashmiris in IOJK.

In parallel, India has sought to take advantage of the world’s preoccupation with COVID-19 to further push its ‘Hindutva’ agenda in IOJK.

The changes in the domicile rules represent another opportunistic move by the rashtriya swayamsevak sangh (RSS) - bharatiya janata party (BJP) dispensation to advance their sinister aim of effecting a demographic change in the occupied territory.

Pakistan and the Kashmiris have firmly rejected these Indian machinations in the past and will continue to do so in the future.

Our immediate and effective response to India’s Balakot misadventure clearly demonstrated Pakistan’s will, capacity and preparedness. India should not underestimate the resolve of the people and the armed forces of Pakistan to thwart any aggressive design.

As regards the Jammu and Kashmir dispute, Pakistan will continue to extend its full moral, political and diplomatic support to the Kashmiri people till the realisation of their inalienable right to self-determination as enshrined in the united nations security council (UNSC) resolutions.

According to an official statement, on Tuesday, the rising wave of State-sanctioned hate crimes and Islamophobia in India has emerged not only as a threat to Indian Muslims but is also a matter of grave concern for the Muslim world at large.

As part of his diplomatic outreach, foreign minister (FM) Shah Mahmood Qureshi has addressed letters to the organisation of Islamic cooperation (OIC) secretary-general and his counterparts in the OIC.

Among other things, the FM has sensitised them towards this hate-mongering as part of the RSS-BJP dispensation’s anti-Muslim and anti-minority agenda, based on the extremist “Hindutva” ideology.

The FM has inter alia apprised about the BJP government’s systematic campaign to demonise Muslims by holding them responsible for the spread of coronavirus.

He has underscored that Indian actions are in contravention of relevant international conventions and seriously undermine global efforts for religious harmony during these challenging times.

It is hoped that the international community will take due cognisance and urge India to reverse this course, which is fraught with risks for the safety and security of India’s minorities, particularly Muslims, and for their fundamental rights and freedoms.