Sunday Mar 10, 2019
ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Foreign Office on Saturday said the Indian government and media continue to spread disinformation to mislead the international community and Indian people for domestic political gains, and stressed that linking Pakistan’s efforts against extremism to the Pulwama attack was a part of Indian agenda.
In a press release, the foreign office said the Indian government and Indian media continue to spread disinformation while trying to cover up its failures and resultant embarrassment.
“Pakistan, on the other hand, responded with maturity, responsibility and resolve in all domains including political, information and response to Indian act of military aggression,” it stated.
The statement further said, “Pakistan has categorically rejected false Indian allegations about the Pulwama attack, which had indigenous origin, including the use of local explosives and vehicle, miles away from Line of Control. This explains it all.”
“Notwithstanding all this, the Prime Minister of Pakistan offered cooperation in investigations and asked for actionable evidence from India, in response to which a "dossier" was received on February 28 2019, a day after the second Indian violation of Pakistan’s airspace. The "dossier" is being examined and update on it will be shared in due course. Air intrusion and attempted strike near Balakot (KP) through Azad Jammu & Kashmir by Indian Air Force (IAF) was in complete violation of relevant provisions of the UN Charter and international law, as it constituted unlawful use of force against the territory of Pakistan. Pakistan, exercising its right of reprisal, acted on February 27, 2019, from within Pakistani airspace displaying our capability, capacity and responsible attitude, by taking 6 strikes (4 targets) on non-civilian and non-military targets with clear intent not to cause any damage to life or infrastructure,” the press release added.
The statement further stated, that on February 27, 2019, the IAF with belligerent intentions once again violated Pakistan’s air space. Pakistan in exercise of its right of self-defence under the UN Charter exercised the legitimate use of force while staying within its air space, against two Indian aircraft that had intruded into Pakistani air space. As a consequence, both Indian aircraft were successfully shot down by Pakistan Air Force. False claims of an Indian aircraft having shot down a Pakistani F16 are completely baseless, meant only to satisfy Indian domestic audience, but in the process they also exposed their lies one after another.
It further explained that in contrast to Pakistan’s sincere efforts to pacify the situation, India's belligerent tone still continues motivated by domestic political considerations and electoral calculations. Prime Minister Imran Khan returned the Indian pilot as a gesture of peace, which was welcomed and appreciated by the international community, with the sole exception of the Indian government.
Urging the international community to stop the atrocities and heinous human rights violations at the hands of the Indian government as documented in the OHCHR Report of June 2018 such as brutalities such as rape, blinding of women, children and youth through use of pellet guns, forced exodus for demographic re-configuration, to suppress indigenous movement in IoK, on the pretext of "counter-terrorism" measures.
“Pakistan stands in full support- moral, political, diplomatic- as well as in solidarity with the people of Indian occupied Kashmir in their legitimate struggle for their right to self-determination and desires peaceful resolution of the Kashmir dispute in accordance with the aspirations of people of Jammu and Kashmir, as enshrined in the relevant UN Security Council Resolutions,” the foreign office said.
“Regarding Indian allegations on terrorism, the whole world recognises Pakistan’s successful fight against terrorism. Having tackled the direct threat of terrorism, the efforts to root out extremism are underway since 2014 through the National Action Plan. The linking of ongoing efforts in this regard to Pulwama is part of the Indian agenda for domestic political gains,” it added.