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December 14, 2014

Pakistan capableof thwarting any aggression: FO

 
December 14, 2014

ISLAMABAD: Reacting to Indian Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar’s remarks that India will have to give a strong response to cross-border terrorism, Pakistan on Saturday said there must not be any “miscalculation” about its resolve to thwart any aggression.
A week after 11 security personnel were killed in attacks in Indian Held Kashmir, Parrikar said: “I feel that there has to be some strong response which will once and for all or at least reduce these blatant attempts. It’s an open secret that they (militants) came from Pakistan.” Pakistan Foreign Office spokesperson Tasnim Aslam dismissed this assertion as “unfounded allegations”. “These unfounded allegations and provocative statements are not conducive to peace in the region,” Aslam said. “There must not be any miscalculation about Pakistan’s resolve to defend itself and thwart any aggression,” she said.
Parrikar had made the remarks after his first official visit to the Indian Held Kashmir to review the security situation there.
His comments came in reply to a question on whether India’s responses to militant attacks in the Indian Held Kashmir Valley had been effective.
Last week, India said Pakistan’s support to Hafiz Saeed and his proscribed Jamaat-ud-Dawah was “nothing short of mainstreaming of terrorism.”
It was further alleged that the Government of Pakistan provided logistical support to a two-day congregation in Lahore last week which was organised by the JuD. Pakistan says there is no case against Saeed and that he is free to move in the country as a Pakistani national.
India and Pakistan have been involved in a war of words after New Delhi cancelled the Foreign Secretary-level meeting in August after Pakistan’s envoy in India met Kashmiri leaders ahead of the talks.