Lethpora attack: Pakistan says blame on us has no proofs

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Srinagar

Pakistan on Sunday told envoys from Africa and Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) member states that India was blaming it for a suicide bombing in Jammu and Kashmir even without any investigation, Dawn reported.

Pakistan Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua

The Dawn newspaper quoted Janjua as saying that there was “a familiar pattern of India blaming Pakistan instantly after such incidents without any investigation”, Foreign Office spokesman Mohammad Faisal tweeted.

The Pakistan Foreign Office in a statement said a “deliberate anti-Pakistan frenzy is being spurred in India” and warned that “baseless Indian allegations and aggressive rhetoric are counterproductive and a threat to regional peace”.

“Pakistan had rejected Indian allegations because; these were made within a short time from the attack and without carrying out any investigations,” said the statement issued by Pakistan Foreign Office.

“These knee-jerk and preconceived accusations were nevertheless consistent with well-rehearsed tactics from the Indian playbook after such incidents in the past,” the Pakistan Foreign Office statement added.

“Bluster, belligerence and pursuit of expedient standards to suit internal political interests is both delusional and counterproductive.

“India must come out of the denial mode, end state repression against Kashmiri youth, address widespread alienation in (Jammu and Kashmir) and pursue the path of dialogue,” the statement said.

“On the one hand, India accepted the unverified social media content as “gold standard”. In contrast, India chose denial when confronted with voluntary confessions and acceptance of responsibility by its serving Naval commander Jadev for perpetrating terrorist violence in Pakistan,” Pakistan foreign office statement said.

“India needs to introspect and respond to questions about its security and intelligence lapses that led to this attack,” it said.

Pakistan desires normalisation of relations with India. In his letter to Prime Minister Modi, Prime Minister Imran Khan followed his intention of taking two steps if India takes one, with the proposal for both Foreign Ministers to meet at the sidelines of the UNGA and a comprehensive, tangible roadmap for normalisation of ties. It was India which cancelled the meeting on baseless pretexts. Similarly, the Pakistan Kartarpur initiative is another step aimed at improving people to people contacts and deescalating a vitiated environment,” said the Pakistan foreign office statement.

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