Pakistan has condemned recent provocative statements made by Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh during election rallies in Haryana. In a statement, Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr. Muhammad Faisal said these provocative statements from a senior Minister in the Indian government provide another insight into the BJP mindset, a mix of extremist ideology, hegemonic ambitions, and obsession with Pakistan.
The Spokesperson said Rajnath Singh should have no doubt that the security forces and people of Pakistan remain ready to resolutely defend the country against any evil design. He said we also reject the Indian Defence Minister’s gratuitous comments on help in counter-terrorism.
He said India would help itself by ceasing forthwith the state-terrorism it has been perpetrating for decades against the Kashmiri people in Occupied Jammu and Kashmir. The spokesperson said India must also cease its sponsorship of terrorism against Pakistan.
Earlier, Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday (Oct 13) gave a so-called ‘polite suggestion’ to Pakistan and said “I would like to suggest Pakistan work honestly, eliminate terrorism and maintain brotherhood. We are neighbours and we want to walk together. If you don’t fight terrorism honestly, I clearly state that India has the ability to fight fundamentalist forces,” he said.
Addressing another rally in Karnal, Rajnath gave a piece of advice to Prime Minister Imran Khan saying that India is ready to assist Pakistan if the neighbouring country is serious enough to combat terror on its soil. He said that India will even send its armed forces to Pakistan in this regard if the need arises. He also slammed Prime Minister Imran Khan for his stance on Kashmir.
“I was listening to Imran Khan’s speech where he had said that till Kashmir gets freedom, we will continue our fight over it. He also said that his country will continue to raise the Kashmir issue at international forums. Forget about Kashmir, don’t even think about it. Raise the matter, nothing will happen. No one can exert pressure on us,” he said.
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13 November, 2019