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October 16, 2019

Pakistan condemns Indian defence minister’s statement

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October 16, 2019

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Tuesday condemned a recent ‘provocative’ statement made by the Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh during election rallies in Haryana, terming them an insight into the mindset of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

A Foreign Office statement said the BJP mindset was a "mix of extremist ideology, hegemonic ambitions, and obsession with Pakistan". "It is highly irresponsible of the Indian defence minister to be threatening the splitting of a sovereign country," the statement said, adding that the world community should take notice of the matter. The Foreign Office said Rajnath should have no doubt that the security forces and people of Pakistan remained ready to resolutely defend the country against any evil design.

"We also reject his gratuitous comments on help in counter-terrorism. India would help itself by ceasing forthwith the state-terrorism it has been perpetrating for decades against the Kashmiri people in Occupied Jammu and Kashmir," the statement said. The Foreign Office emphasised that "India must also cease its sponsorship of terrorism against Pakistan". "It is a well-established pattern that whenever there are elections in India, the BJP leadership whips up anti-Pakistan sentiment to rally support for its candidates," it said. The statement added, "The BJP should contest elections on the basis of its own performance, rather than dragging Pakistan into the domestic political foray for electoral gains.

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