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Pakistan rejects baseless Indian allegations over infiltration across LoC

A soldier of the Pakistan Army is seen in this file photo.

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has categorically rejected the baseless Indian allegations that Islamabad wanted to infiltrate so-called “terrorists” via the Line of Control.

Foreign Office spokesperson Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri, in response to reports in the Indian media quoting “an unnamed” Indian security official making baseless allegations against Pakistan, said India’s smear campaign against Pakistan is well-known and was fully exposed by the EU DisinfoLab’s report.

“We categorically reject the baseless allegations that Pakistan wanted to infiltrate so-called ‘terrorists’ via the Line of Control (LoC),” he said, adding the world is aware of India running a smear campaign against Pakistan exposed by the EU DisinfoLab’s report.

He said India has erected a multi-tiered fence, installed electronic surveillance equipment, and set up multiple layers of security, making it impossible for anything to cross the LoC to enter IIOJK. Therefore, such allegations recycled from time to time have no basis to stand on.

He wondered how Pakistan could infiltrate militants across the LoC when it was one of the most militarised zones in the world, with over 900,000 Indian security personnel posted there.

The spokesperson said on its part, India has been involved in state-terrorism in IIOJK and against Pakistan. From Samjhota Express killings of February 2007 to the terrorist blast in Lahore in June 2021, terror incidents targeting Pakistanis have had an Indian hand.

In 2020, Pakistan provided irrefutable evidence of India’s involvement in terrorism and patronage, the spokesman said. In February this year, Pakistan urged India to abide by the 2003 ceasefire agreement.

The spokesperson added that India must not use baseless “infiltration attempts as a handy ploy to find excuses to scuttle the ceasefire understanding.” The consequences of India’s irresponsible behaviour will not be good for peace and security in the region, the Foreign Office spokesperson concluded.