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Pakistan rejects Indian minister’s statement on drone attack in IoK

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs have issued a statement: Source: MOFA

ISLAMABAD: The Foreign Office has rejected a statement by Indian Minister of State for Home Affairs regarding alleged drone attack in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK).

In a statement, the Foreign Office said Pakistan categorically rejects the irresponsible and misleading statement by Indian Minister of State for Home Affairs G Kishan Reddy regarding an alleged drone attack in occupied Kashmir.

“While conveniently choosing not to share any evidence, the Indian government has once again leveled serious allegations against Pakistan,” it said. “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.”

“This is a familiar Indian ploy to externalize any blame, use baseless allegations against Pakistan as a smokescreen, and seek to undermine the indigenous struggle for self-determination of the Kashmiri people,” the statement said.

It added that 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, it added.

The Foreign Officer 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 IIOJK.

India’s Union Minister of State for Home affairs G Kishan Reddy had asserted that Pakistan’s role cannot be denied in the Jammu Air Force station attack orchestrated through drones on June 26.

Speakign to an Indian agency, Reddy said, “Pakistan is dropping AK-47s and drugs inside the border at night time through drones. We have a long border, despite which our security forces have stopped many drones from entering the Indian side. Drones seen inside our land have been destroyed. Our forces will continue doing this work vigorously in the coming days.”

He added that investigation is underway and the security forces are on high alert, but one cannot deny the role of Pakistan. He said security forces will act properly where the drone issue is concerned.