Hitting out at Pakistan over its strong comments on Kashmir situation in the wake of killing of militant Burhan Wani, India today accused it of not only pushing in terrorists but also fanning discontent within the Valley by providing support to terrorist outfits.
Asserting that Wani issue was internal to India, External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Vikas Swarup said Pakistan has no locus standi in the matter and asked it to refrain from interfering in it.
Asked if there was a shift in Pakistan strategy vis-a-vis Kashmir where one sees increase in number of ‘home-grown militants’, he said, “It is part of the continued strategy of Pakistan of not only infiltrating terrorists from across the border but also fanning discontent within the Valley by providing various support to terrorist outfits.”
Terming Pakistan’s continued effort to internationalise the Kashmir issue as “a self-serving exercise towards narrow political end”, Swarup said the world has a clear view about which country in the region covets the territory of others, uses terrorism as state policy, provides sanctuary to UN-designated terrorists and terror groups and violates human rights.
“Terrorism is terrorism and no amount of justification on part of Pakistan is going to change that,” he said.
Referring to summoning of Indian envoy in Islamabad by Pakistan Foreign Office to raise Kashmir situation, Swarup said, the envoy conveyed to Pakistan that it was an internal matter of India. He also said India rejected the demarche issued in the matter to him.
Rejecting reports that Pakistan envoy here Abdul Basit will be summoned on the issue, Swarup said since it is an internal issue, India sees no reason to involve Pakistan which has no locus standi in the matter.
He also said that recent comments by Pakistan after the killing of Wani, Hizbul commander, reflect its continued attachment to terrorism and its usage as an instrument of State policy.
While Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has expressed “shock” over Wani’s killing his Foreign Office termed it “extra-judicial”.