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Pakistan rejects Modi’s remarks on ‘surgical strikes’

Mohammad Faisal, spokesperson of Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Photo: Pakistan Foreign Office.

Mohammad Faisal, spokesperson of Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Photo: Pakistan Foreign Office.

Pakistan on Thursday rejected as “false and baseless” Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s remarks on the ‘surgical strikes’ across the Line of Control in 2016 , saying “repeating a lie doesn’t turn it into the truth.”

Speaking at the ‘Bharat Ki Baat, Sabke Saath’ programme in London on Wednesday, Mr. Modi had said India waited to inform Pakistan about the operation before disclosing it to the media and the people.

“I said before India gets to know, we should call Pakistan and tell them. We were calling them since 11 AM but they were scared to come on phone, at 12 we spoke to them and then told the Indian media,” Mr. Modi had said.

‘False and baseless’

Reacting to Mr. Modi’s remarks, Pakistan Foreign Office spokesperson Mohammad Faisal said on Thursday India’s claims about the “surgical strike were false and baseless.”

“Repeating a lie doesn’t turn it into the truth,” the spokesperson was quoted as saying by Dawn .

The spokesperson said that the threatening statements emanating from the top Indian leadership against Pakistan should be a matter of concern for the international community.

In response to Mr. Modi’s comments on Pakistan exporting terrorism, Mr. Faisal claimed that it was the other way around and accused India of backing terrorists in Pakistan.

Allusion to Kulbhushan

“Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav is proof of Indian state-sponsored terrorism,” the spokesman alleged.

Mr. Jadhav (47) was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of espionage and terrorism.

India moved the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in May last year against the verdict. The ICJ halted his execution on India’s appeal pending the final verdict by it.

Pakistan claims its security forces arrested Mr. Jadhav from restive Balochistan province on March 3, 2016 after he reportedly entered from Iran.

However, India maintains that Mr. Jadhav was kidnapped from Iran where he had business interests after retiring from the Navy. His sentencing had evoked a sharp reaction in India.

Responding to another question, the Foreign Office spokesperson said Pakistan has received the Indian rejoinder on Mr. Jadhav.

He said Pakistan will examine it and then submit its reply.


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