After the latest border skirmish between India and Pakistan, a new war of words have flared up between the two nuclear-powered South Asian countries as New Delhi challenged Islamabad over its claims that it is backing terrorists.
This is indeed a new dimension to the conflict over Kashmir as this is for the first time Pakistan has made such a claim since the partition of the sub-continent in 1947 and thus India was quick to challenge its arch-rival.
Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, along with military spokesman Major-General Babar Iftikhar, alleged in a press conference in Islamabad at the weekend that Indian intelligence agents were operating out of neighbouring Afghanistan to destabilise Pakistan.
“India was allowing its land to be used against Pakistan for terrorism (and) planning attacks,” Qureshi was quoted as saying by news agencies. Major General Iftikhar presented a dossier claiming it carried “evidence” of India’s backing of terrorist.
In turn, India blasted Pakistan saying it is “another futile anti-India propaganda” and its neighbour is the face of world terrorism with no takers of such fictitious claims.
An official spokesman said in New Delhi that “The face of global terror, Osama Bin Laden, was found in Pakistan; Pakistan’s PM glorified him as a ‘martyr’ from the floor of Parliament; he admitted the presence of 40,000 terrorists in Pakistan; their Science and Technology Minister proudly claimed involvement and success of Pakistan, led by its Prime Minister, in the Pulwama terror attack in which 40 Indian soldiers were martyred.”
“Despite repeated calls for restraint and adherence to the ceasefire understanding of 2003 for maintaining peace and tranquillity, Pakistani forces continue to engage in providing supporting cover fire to infiltrators. The incessant infiltration of terrorists and induction of weapons to fuel terror activities continues unabated. Such activities are not possible without the support of Pakistani forces deployed along the LoC,” he added, according to a release in Dhaka.
The so called claims of ‘proof’ against India enjoy no credibility, are fabricated and represent figments of imagination.”
The latest skirmish over the disputed Kashmir region border claimed lives on both sides and has been the key to obstacles in ensuring peace in South Asia which saw the collapse of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC). It also groups Afghanistan Bangladesh. Bhutan, Nepal, the Maldives and Sri Lanka.