Islamabad: India’s Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale on Wednesday summoned Pakistan’s envoy Sohail Mahmood in New Delhi and categorically told him that Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi’s telephonic conversation with separatist Kashmiri leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq was a “brazen attempt” to subvert India’s unity and violate its sovereignty and territorial integrity.
In a tit-for-tat move, Pakistan on Thursday summoned India’s High Commissioner in Islamabad to lodge a protest over the summoning of its envoy in New Delhi, and maintained that it would continue to extend support to the people of Kashmir.
India’s Ministry of External Affairs, in a late evening statement on Wednesday, said the Pakistan High Commissioner was “cautioned” that persistence of such behaviour by Pakistan will have “implications”.
In Islamabad, Pakistan’s Foreign Office Spokesperson Mohammad Faisal on Thursday said that Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua summoned Indian High Commissioner Ajay Bisaria to lodge a protest over the summoning of Pakistan’s envoy.
Foreign Secretary Janjua made it clear to Bisaria that Pakistan would continue to extend support to the people of Kashmir, he said.
Faisal also said that summoning of Pakistani envoy late last night was just “political gimmickry and electioneering”.
The Foreign Office in a statement issued Wednesday midnight said that Pakistan “categorically rejects the objections” by India.
The leadership in Pakistan has always been communicating with the Kashmiri leadership, the statement said. “This is not anything new,” it said.