Tariq Ullah Wardak
RAWALPINDI: DG ISPR Maj Gen Babar Iftikhar on Monday dismissed Indian Army’s allegations that Pakistan Army was operating terrorist launch pads at the Line of Control as ‘baseless’ and ‘non-serious’.
Speaking about the recent hostile statements by the Indian leadership, the DG ISPR said that India’s violations across the LoC were increasing with each passing day. “The situation at the LoC is turning serious,” he said.
“The Indian leadership is making non-serious allegations against Pakistan,” he said. “India has its own satellites. Tell us, where is the proof?[of the launch pads]” he asked.
Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Army Chief Gen MM Naravane and other officials have made several allegations over the past couple of days that Pakistan has been operating terrorist launch pads from the Pakistani side of the LoC and attempting to infiltrate the border into the Indian side.
The army’s spokesperson invited international observers to pay a visit to the LoC to witness whether the Indian claims are true or not.
He said that India was trying to blame Pakistan for its internal problems. Maj Gen Babar said that an American commission had highlighted how India was committing atrocities against its minorities.
Referring to India’s blame game policy, he said that whatever happened in the country, it always hurled accusations at Pakistan. “It is a ridiculous claim that Pakistan has contributed to the spread of the coronavirus in India,” he said.
Speaking about the coronavirus situation, he said that the armed forces were providing “back up support” along with civil institutions. He said that the army was providing help to the government in every form to ensure implementation of its directives.
The Foreign Office had a day earlier dismissed Indian allegations and pointed out as well that it was a tactic to take attention away from the Kashmir issue.
“As Pakistan has consistently pointed out, regurgitation of these allegations and spurious claims by India is aimed at diverting the world’s attention from India’s state-terrorism and grave human rights violations in Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir. India also seeks to use these allegations as a pretext for launching ‘false flag’ operation and deliberately targeting of innocent civilians along the LoC,” a statement from the foreign office read.