Pakistan responds to Modi’s accusation of ‘Proxy war’ in Kashmir

KL Desk

SRINAGAR

Day after Prime Minister Narindra Modi’s visit to Ladakh region and a statement against Pakistan, Islamabad on Wednesday responded by dismissing the accusation made by Modi as “baseless rhetoric”.

Pakistan rejected the allegations levelled by Prime Minister Narindra Modi against Islamabad saying the allegations of “proxy war” in Kashmir, were “baseless rhetoric.”

Foreign office spokesperson of Pakistan Tasnim Aslam said in a statement that 55,000 Pakistani citizens have been killed by terrorism, making it “the biggest victim of the menace.”

“The entire world has, time and again, acknowledged Pakistan’s unprecedented sacrifices,” the statement said. “The press reports of Indian accusations, at the highest political level, are most unfortunate, especially as the leadership of Pakistan wishes to establish good neighbourly relations with India.”

Aslam added that Pakistan’s armed forces remained ready to defend the country’s borders and thwart any threat of aggression.

Modi had accused Pakistan of carrying “proxy war” in Kashmir. “The neighbouring country has lost the strength to fight a conventional war, but continues to engage in the proxy war of terrorism.” Modi said in a speech at a military base in Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir.

In his first attack on India’s regional rival since becoming prime minister in May, Modi had said, “The neighbouring country has lost the strength to fight a conventional war, but continues to engage in the proxy war of terrorism.”

The two countries have fought three wars over Kashmir since they gained independence in August 1947.

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