India on Thursday criticized Pakistan for objecting to a joint Indo-US statement this week expressing Islamabad’s support for terror, reminding Imran Khan’s government that Pakistan is home to the world’s largest number of UN-designated terrorists and should not “even try to play victim. “.
New Delhi’s sharp return comes after Islamabad called for a joint Indo-US statement issued this week following a 2 + 2 strategic dialogue referring to Pakistan. In this regard, the two countries have called on Pakistan to take “irreversible measures to ensure its territory is not used for terror attacks and to bring to justice the perpetrators and planners of the attacks in Mumbai, Uri and Pathankot”.
The statement, issued after talks between foreign minister S Jaishankar and defense minister Rajnath Singh and his US counterparts Mike Pompeo and Mark Esper, also called for “joint action “against terrorist networks such as al-Qaeda, Islamic State and Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT).
Pakistan responded angrily, calling the comments unwanted and misleading. Islamabad also describes itself as the country “to suffer the most from transboundary terrorism”.
Less than 24 hours later, New Delhi delivered its sharp rebuttal. “The whole world knows the truth about Pakistan’s role in supporting terrorism. No denial can hide the truth of Pakistan’s support for terrorism, “a Foreign Ministry spokesman said on Thursday, according to a PTI report.
Islamabad also called on the international community to “acknowledge Pakistan’s efforts, sacrifices and successes in the fight against terrorism”.
“Even their leaders have spoken time and time again about their role with respect to terrorism,” said an MEA spokesman.
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