NEW DELHI: India denied Pakistan’s allegations that it was involved in an attack on the Chinese consulate in Karachi, on a day when the MEA told Pakistan to stop supporting terrorism if they really wanted to start dialogue with India.
In a late evening statement, MEA spokesperson dismissed the allegations as “fabricated and scurrilous”.
“Instead of maliciously pointing fingers at others for such terrorist incidents, Pakistan needs to look inwards and undertake credible action against support to terrorism and terror infrastructure in its territories,” Raveesh Kumar said, rejecting the allegations.
The Karachi police chief on Thursday declared that an attack on the Chinese consulate in November 2018 was planned in Afghanistan with the help of the Indian secret service, RAW. The attack, by three armed terrorists, was claimed by the Baloch Liberation Army. It killed two police officers and two visa applicants at the mission.
Earlier, the spokesperson had used strong words to say that if Pakistan is serious about restarting dialogue with India, they have to stop supporting terrorism, said MEA on Thursday.
Responding to questions about Pakistan’s PM Imran Khan saying India had blocked engagement, MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said Khan’s ministers were sharing platforms with international terrorists. As first reported by TOI on Wednesday, India had a five-point rejoinder to Imran’s poser.
Kumar detailed how Khan’s minister of religious affairs had shared a platform with Hafiz Saeed, while Pakistan’s interior minister met Jamaat-ud-Dawa representatives as recently as December. If Pakistan is serious about restarting talks, they should take some steps to complete the trials against the perpetrators of Mumbai and Pathankot attacks.
Continuing, he said, “if they are serious about talks then why are they still allowing their territory to be used by terror groups, terrorist organizations and terrorists?” He pointed to the fact that JuD had opened centres in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (POK) in collaboration with a prominent leader of PTI. “JuD and their NGO named Fala-e-Insaniyat they are no longer in the list of Pakistan’s banned organizations after the Pakistan ordinance which proscribed them has lapsed. It clearly demonstrates that the explicit support which was being provided to banned organizations is still ongoing and there is no change in that.”
Pakistan’s recent actions of trying to mainstream terrorist organisations are much more dangerous, he said. “The only reason for it is that they want to deflect attention from their internal problems … the only way is to point at India. They need to back it up with concrete action.”
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