Sunday June 23, 2024

Pakistan rejects Indian claim of drone attacks in IIOJ&K

By Mariana Baabar
July 01, 2021
Pakistan rejects Indian claim of drone attacks in IIOJ&K

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan categorically rejected what it said were ‘irresponsible’ and ‘misleading’ statements by Indian Minister of State for Home Affairs G Kishan Reddy, regarding an alleged drone attack in the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJ&K).

“While conveniently choosing not to share any evidence, the Indian government has once again leveled serious allegations against Pakistan. This is yet another manifestation of the unsubstantiated propaganda and smear campaign against Pakistan that is characteristic of the Indian government and an obliging Indian media”, said the Foreign Office on Wednesday.

Earlier, Reddy had said that investigation was underway about two drones that had hit an Air Force station in Jammu. “This is a familiar Indian ploy to externalise any blame, use baseless allegations against Pakistan as a smokescreen, and seek to undermine the indigenous struggle for self-determination of the Kashmiri people”, said the Foreign Office.

This is also the first time after the ceasefire agreement on the Line of Control that allegations against Pakistan has been made by India. Reddy said in past Pakistan had dropped AK-47s and drugs inside the border at night time through drones. “The latest allegations further confirm what Pakistan has consistently pointed out that the BJP government stages “false flag” operations to malign Pakistan with terrorism-related allegations for narrow political gains. The use of Pakistan card either to win an election or to divert attention from an electoral defeat has also unfortunately become a standard practice”, added the Foreign Office. It called upon India to refrain from its reprehensible propaganda campaign as no amount of Indian falsehoods can succeed in diverting attention from India’s serious crimes in IIOJ&K.