Pakistan’s interior minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has rejected India’s assertion that it was involved in the terror attack in Uri that killed 18 soldiers.
He said India could not intimidate Pakistan into budging from its principled stand on the Kashmir issue, the Dawn reported.
“Pakistan will not step back from lending moral, diplomatic and political support to the Kashmiris struggling to achieve their internationally recognised right to self-determination,” he said while talking to Prime Minister of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) Raja Mohammad Farooq Haider Khan.
He voiced his concern over grave violations of human rights in Kashmir and said freedom struggle of Kashmiris could not be crushed through state repression.
He termed India hurling baseless allegations and running away from meaningful talks as the biggest hurdles for stability in the region.
Raja Haider Khan urged India to come to negotiating table to find a peaceful settlement to the Kashmir dispute. He also stressed that the resolution of the Kashmir issue was must for staving off a nuclear holocaust in the region.
Earlier, Sartaj Aziz, the advisor to Pakistan Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs, accused India of misleading the world opinion to cover up its ‘reign of terror’ in Kashmir by a spate of ‘vitriolic’ and ‘unsubstantiated’ statements following the Uri attacks.
He said Pakistan categorically rejects the baseless and irresponsible accusations being levelled by senior officials in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Government.
Reacting to Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s statement Pakistan is a ‘terrorist state’ and should be isolated, Aziz said that it was deplorable that the Indian Minister chose to blame Pakistan for the incident even prior to conducting proper investigation.
Tension have heightened between nuclear-armed India and Pakistan in the wake of terror attack on an army base in Uri in North Kashmir.