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Indian Army’s statement on reactivation of terror camp in Balakot ‘completely baseless’, says Pakistan

Chief of the Army Staff General Bipin Rawat addresses during the inauguration of Young Leaders Training Wing (YTW) at Officers Training Academy, in Chennai, Monday, Sept. 23, 2019.

Chief of the Army Staff General Bipin Rawat addresses during the inauguration of Young Leaders Training Wing (YTW) at Officers Training Academy, in Chennai, Monday, Sept. 23, 2019.   | Photo Credit: PTI

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The Indian Army Chief’s statement on the reactivation of terror camp in Balakot is “completely baseless”, the Pakistan Foreign Office said in a statement

Pakistan on Tuesday rejected as “completely baseless” the Indian Army Chief’s statement on the reactivation of terror camp in Balakot that was destroyed by the Indian armed forces through a surgical strike earlier this year.

Army Chief General Bipin Rawat in Chennai on Monday said Pakistan has reactivated the Balakot terror camp very recently and about 500 infiltrators were waiting to sneak into India. The response to the terror camp getting functional again may go beyond India’s previous response by way of an air strike in February, he told reporters at the Officers Training Academy in Chennai.

The Indian Army Chief’s statement on the reactivation of terror camp in Balakot is “completely baseless”, the Pakistan Foreign Office said in a statement.

The allegation of “infiltration” from Pakistan reflects “a desperate attempt” of India to divert international attention from the “humanitarian crisis” in Jammu and Kashmir, it said, adding that New Delhi will not “succeed in misleading the world community through these diversionary tactics”.

Tensions between India and Pakistan spiked after India on August 5 revoked Jammu and Kashmir’s special status and bifurcated it into two Union Territories.

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