ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan’s Foreign Office on Friday summoned Indian Acting Deputy High Commissioner Gaurav Ahluwalia to protest New Delhi’s “baseless allegations” against Islamabad in the aftermath of Pulwama attack, Radio Pakistan reported.
Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had earlier in the day alleged that there is “incontrovertible evidence” of Pakistan “having a direct hand in this gruesome terrorist incident”, in which nearly 50 Indian paramilitary soldiers.
Ahluwalia, who was called to the FO by the additional secretary (Asia Pacific) of the foreign ministry, was handed a protest note over the allegations levelled by Indian officials against Pakistan.
“Pakistan rejects Indian government’s allegations of intrusion,” a FO official told reporters, adding that Pakistan condemns attacks in the “occupied” valley.
Pakistan’s High Commissioner to India Sohail Mahmood was summoned by the Indian external affairs ministry and issued a “strong demarche” in connection with the attack.
Also on Friday, Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan Ajay Bisaria was recalled by New Delhi for consultations in the aftermath of the bombing.
Pakistan’s Minister for Information and Broadcasting Chaudhry Fawad Hussain also termed the Indian allegation regarding Pulwama attack as “totally false and baseless”.
Talking to a private news channel, he said Pakistan is promoting peace and tolerance in the region and not terrorism.
The Information Minister termed the Indian government’s attitude as “very unfortunate to blame Pakistan for such incidents without any evidence and investigation”.
Fawad Chaudhry said people are enjoying freedom and better human rights in Pakistan, while India is “violating human rights in occupied Kashmir”.
He said the present government wants to develop good relations with neighbouring countries, including India and opening of Kartarpura Corridor was a peace initiative in this regard.