Pakistan summons Indian envoy over allegations of attack plot in Kashmir

Army soldiers stand guard the Uri crossing on the Line of Control (LoC) in Chakothi, Azad Kashmir, August 29, 2019. Sign reads, "Warning - going beyond this line is not allowed". (Reuters/ File)
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Updated 22 November 2020

Pakistan summons Indian envoy over allegations of attack plot in Kashmir

  • New Delhi accused Pakistan of plotting an attack in Indian-administered Kashmir ahead of local elections there
  • Pakistani foreign office says New Delhi's allegations are attempts to divert international attention from India's 'state terrorism'

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Saturday summoned the acting head of the Indian high commission to lodge a protest over New Delhi's allegations that it had been plotting an attack in the town of Nagrota in Jammu district of Indian-controlled Kashmir.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Friday that four militants from Pakistan-based militant group Jaish-e-Mohammed were "neutralized" by security forces and the recovery of a large cache of weapons and explosives from them, indicated that they were planning to "wreak major havoc and destruction" in the region ahead of local elections there.

India’s Ministry of External Affairs said a protest was lodged with Pakistan’s envoy in New Delhi to demand that Pakistan desist from "its policy of supporting terrorists and terror groups operating from its territory."

Pakistan’s foreign office summoned India's charge d'affaires in Islamabad to reject Modi’s allegations as groundless and part of "desperate attempts to divert international attention" from India's "state terrorism" in Kashmir and "its state-sponsorship of terrorism against Pakistan."  

"Any attempt to mischievously implicate Pakistan in any false flag operation or stage-managed incident would not carry any credibility whatsoever ... Pakistan has already put forth irrefutable evidence, extensively documenting India’s active planning, promoting, aiding, abetting, financing and execution of terrorist activities in Pakistan," the foreign office said, referring to last week's joint conference of Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and military spokesman Maj. Gen. Babar Iftikhar who presented what they called “irrefutable evidence” of India’s sponsorship of attacks against Pakistan.

Tensions between the nuclear-armed neighbors have been high since last August, when Modi’s government ended the semi-autonomy of Kashmiri territory under its administration. Both countries claim Kashmir in full but administer in part.

India will hold district-level elections in Kashmir this month, in the first such exercise since the region's statehood and autonomy were abrogated.

Pakistan says no possibility of recognizing Israel before just settlement of Palestinian issue

Updated 24 November 2020

Pakistan says no possibility of recognizing Israel before just settlement of Palestinian issue

  • Prime Minister Imran Khan recently admitted that his administration was under pressure to recognize Israel
  • Pakistan's foreign office says the country supports Palestinian right to self-determination

ISLAMABAD: The foreign office of Pakistan on Tuesday "categorically rejected" speculation regarding any possibility of recognizing Israel by Pakistan, saying it believed that Palestinians should get the right to self-determination.
Referring to Prime Minister Imran Khan's recent statement on the subject, the foreign ministry spokesperson said that Pakistan was not willing to recognize the Jewish state until a just settlement of the Palestine issue -- that satisfied the Palestinian people -- was found.
"Pakistan steadfastly supports the Palestinian people's inalienable right to self-determination," said an official statement circulated in Islamabad. "For just and lasting peace, it is imperative to have a two-state solution in accordance with the relevant United Nations and OIC resolutions, with the pre-1967 borders, and Al-Quds Al-Sharif as the capital of a viable, independent and contiguous Palestinian State."
Prime Minister Khan recently admitted that his administration was under international pressure to recognize Israel, though he refused to name the countries that had reached out to him for that purpose.
He also maintained that his government would go with the choice that the country's founding father, Muhammad Ali Jinnah, made and continue to stand by the people of Palestine.