New Delhi: Indian external ministry spokesman Vikas Swarup said on Friday that Pakistan was an epicentre of global terrorism and India did not need any lecturing from it. Swarup was reacting to comments reported from Islamabad on the Handwara incident in Kashmir.
Swarup said that comments by a senior minister in Pakistan’s Punjab province that action cannot be taken against terror outfits JuD and JeM as the Pakistan state itself was involved with them, corroborated India’s position.
He said the remarks of Punjab law minister Rana Sanaullah explained the reason why any action was lacking even against those organisations and individuals against whom Pakistan has international obligation to act.
“If the minister indeed said so, it sadly corroborates the view that we have always held about the support and freedom available to anti-India terrorist groups in Pakistan,” Swarup said.
The Pakistani minister had reportedly said, “How can you prosecute a group with whom the state itself has been involved with?”.
Asked to respond to the Pakistan Foreign Office’s reported comments on the protests following the Handwara incident, Swarup said, “We do not need lectures from third parties, least of all from Pakistan, which would do well to reflect upon the state it finds itself in, a country where religious minorities are routinely persecuted.”
He said India’s robust and vibrant democracy had enough redress mechanisms to handle such cases.
“The entire state of Jammu & Kashmir is an integral part of India. Pakistan has no locus standi on matters that are entirely internal to the state of J&K and India,” Swarup said.
India asks China to cease all activities in PaK
The Indian external affairs ministry said on Friday that it had asked China to stop all activities in Pakistan-administered Jammu & Kashmir.
Vikas Swarup, the ministry spokesperson, told reporters here that the issue of “Chinese activities in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir have been taken up with the Chinese side, including at the highest level.”
“Pakistan-occupied Jammu & Kashmir is an integral part of India… We have asked them to cease all activities (there),” Swarup said.
China is believed to have made huge investments and to be sponsoring development projects in Pakistan-controlled Jammu & Kashmir, including in the volatile Shia-dominated Gilgit-Baltistan area.