Terming as “absurd” Pakistan’s proposal of sending supplies to Jammu and Kashmir, India strongly retorted that it along with others in the region have already received enough of “trademark exports” from that country including terrorism and infiltrators.
“A communication was apparently delivered to our High Commission in Islamabad on August 12. I can only characterise its contents that propose sending supplies to Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir as absurd,” said MEA spokesperson Vikas Swarup.
“India and others in the region have already received enough of Pakistan’s trademark exports – international terrorism, cross-border infiltrators, weapons, narcotics and fake currency,” said a communique from the external affairs ministry, citing an “apparent” Pakistani proposal to send supplies to Jammu and Kashmir.
Prior to this, a Jamaat-ud-Dawah (JuD) caravan led by Talha Saeed, the son of Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed, had offered to provide relief aid to violence-hit people in Kashmiri, that was also turned down by the Indian government.
Earlier in the day, Pakistani High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit made provocative statements over Kashmir and said his country will continue to extend full diplomatic, political and moral support to the people of the state.
Basit made the comments during the country’s Independence Day celebrations at its embassy.
In Islamabad, President Mamnoon Hussain, while addressing a gathering at a flag hoisting ceremony, also raised the Kashmir issue, saying the country will continue to support Kashmiris in their bid for the right to self-determination.
Basit said Pakistan has always made efforts to improve its relationship with India. “As far as the relation of Jammu and Kashmir is concerned, we dedicate this year’s Independence Day to Kashmir’s freedom. We are confident that the sacrifices made by the people of Jammu and Kashmir would be successful,” Basit said.
This is amidst the ceasefire violation by the country that is currently taking place in Poonch district in Jammu and Kashmir.
Pakistan recently suffered a terror attack in Quetta where 17 people were killed.
The ministers and army generals in the country hinted at India’s involvement but ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack.