Pakistan says ‘unfortunate’ it’s an election issue in India

Islamabad: Pakistan on Thursday said it was “unfortunate” that it is an election issue in India, a day after BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi blamed Islamabad for cross-border militancy.
“You know that this is elections season in India and unlike Pakistan where India is not an election issue, in India, Pakistan becomes an election issue unfortunately,” Foreign Office spokesperson Tasnim Aslam said at her weekly press conference.
“As regards the allegation, we condemn terrorism. We are ourselves victims of terrorism which has its roots in the events in our region over the last 30 years,” Aslam said.
Modi, addressing a BJP meeting in Jammu on Wednesday, targeted Defence Minister A K Antony and Arvind Kejriwal, calling them “agents of Pakistan and enemy of India” and speaking its language.
Pakistan also reiterated that Kashmir was “not an internal affair” of India.
When asked about Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif seeking a third party involvement in settling the Kashmir issue, she said it is one of the oldest disputes on UN Security Council agenda.
—PTI