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Pakistan seizes on Coast Guard official remark over boat explosion

In this Indian Coast Guard handout photo, a Pakistani vessel burns off Porbandar. The crew set the boat on fire after it was intercepted near the India-Pakistan maritime border.

In this Indian Coast Guard handout photo, a Pakistani vessel burns off Porbandar. The crew set the boat on fire after it was intercepted near the India-Pakistan maritime border.   | Photo Credit: Coastguard hand out

“It has once again been proved that India has violated the international rules and disregarded the humanitarian considerations”

Pakistan Defence Minister Khawaja Asif on Wednesday said the claim by an Indian Coast Guard official that a Pakistani boat was blown up by the force contradicted Indian government’s statement.

“It has once again been proved that India has violated the international rules and disregarded the humanitarian considerations,” he said, reacting to reports from India.

“It (India) not only imposed baseless and false allegations on Pakistan like in the case of Samjhauta Express, but was involved in treacherously killing four innocent lives on board. India has once again proved to be heinous in its face, designs and urge for peace,” Mr. Asif alleged.

He reiterated that Pakistan’s desire for peace and coexistence in the region must not be seen as its weakness.

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