India has no moral ground to talk about counter-terrorism, says Sartaj


Pakistani national security adviser Sartaj Aziz speaks at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington on January 28, 2014. AFP PHOTO/Nicholas KAMM

Adviser to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz on Sunday said that India had no moral ground to talk about counter-terrorism efforts and pointing fingers at other states as Indian state sponsored terrorism and terror financing on Pakistani soil has been proven irrefutably.

The adviser reacted strongly to Indian Prime Minister Modi’s statement that Pakistan is the ‘mothership of terrorism‘ and said that “Modi is misleading his BRICS and BIMSTEC colleagues”.

“The Indian leadership is desperately trying to hide its brutalities in the Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir, an internationally recognised dispute on the UN Security Council agenda, where innocent people are being killed and injured by the occupation forces daily with impunity,” said Aziz

He said the people of India-held Kashmir (IHK) are being subjected to genocide by India for demanding their fundamental right to self determination, as promised to the Kashmiris in the relevant UNSC resolutions.

“The ongoing Indian atrocities have taken over 150 Kashmiris lives, including children and women, and inflicted injuries on around 15,000 and blinded many hundreds,” said the foreign affairs adviser.

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He also said that the UN Human Rights High Commissioner in Geneva and Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Secretary General, OIC Contact Group on Kashmir and OIC Independent Human Rights Commission have called for sending a fact finding mission to IHK.

“The UN and OIC have rejected Indian attempts to equate Kashmiris’ movement for self-determination with terrorism,” the adviser remarked, adding that the UN has repeatedly emphasised that people fighting for their self-determination cannot be categorised as terrorists by the occupying state.

The adviser said Pakistan joins all the members of BRICS and BIMSTEC in condemning terrorism and reaffirms its full commitment to fight the menace of terrorism without discrimination, including against Indian state-sponsored terrorism on Pakistani soil.

“Pakistan’s sacrifices in the war against terrorism are well acknowledged and repeatedly appreciated by the leadership of most countries in the world.”

He added Pakistan is a victim of Indian interference and subversive activities,which are aimed at destabilising Pakistan.

“Unfortunately, in complete disrespect of international law and the UN Charter, the Indian government is pursuing its hegemonic designs,” Aziz stated.

The adviser also called upon the international community and especially the BRICS leaders to ask India to stop bloodshed in Kashmir immediately, release Kashmiri leaders and thousands of Kashmiris taken away forcibly and address the humanitarian crisis, caused by India through creation of shortage of basic amenities.

Uri aftermath

The Indian prime minister stepped up a drive to isolate Pakistan diplomatically after the Uri army base attack.

Hours after the attack occurred, Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh termed Pakistan a ‘terrorist state’. India also accused Pakistan of involvement in the attack.

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The Uri attack occurred days before Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was set to address the United Nations General Assembly regarding Indian human rights violations in held Kashmir.

Following the attack, India claimed to have conducted a cross-border ‘surgical strike’ against ‘launch pads of terror’ in Azad Jammu and Kashmir ─ a claim Pakistan has strongly rejected.

Pakistan maintains India is attempting to divert the world’s attention away from ‘atrocities’ committed by government forces in India-held Kashmir.

Pakistan and India have locked horns over the Kashmir issue since Indian forces stepped up a crackdown against protesters after Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani was killed by government forces in July.