Pakistan rejects Indian claim of cross-LoC infiltration

ISLAMABAD - Pakistan on Tuesday strongly rejected the Indian claim of any cross-LoC infiltration and reiterated its commitment to the policy of not allowing its territory for any terrorist activity against anyone.

In response to a media question regarding summoning of Pakistan’s High Commissioner to India to protest cross-LoC infiltration, Foreign Office spokesperson said, “We strongly reject Indian claim of any cross-LoC infiltration. Pakistan remains committed to the policy of not allowing its territory for any terrorist activity against anyone.”

“However, it is necessary to establish veracity of the Indian claim. Details in this regard will be gathered,” the spokesperson added.

Earlier, India summoned Pakistan’s high commissioner in New Delhi to protest against what it said was the continued infiltration of militants from across the border.

The Foreign Ministry said an arrested Pakistani national Bahadur Ali had confessed that he was “infiltrated into India” after being trained by the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militant group.

“The government of India strongly protests against the continued infiltration from Pakistan of trained terrorists with instructions to carry out attacks,” the ministry said in a statement on its website.

“This is contrary to assurances given by the Pakistani leaders at the highest level.”

Indian foreign secretary met Pakistani envoy and issued a statement that India’s Foreign Ministry spokesman described as a “strong demarche”.

Ali had remained in touch with LeT’s “operations room” before his arrest in July and received instructions to carry out an attack in India, the government said, adding it was prepared to grant the Pakistan High Commission consular access to Ali.


India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi called Tuesday for an end to the violence in Held Kashmir, promising jobs for young people, in his first comments since deadly clashes began over a month ago.

“We want to create jobs and employment for the youth of Kashmir. The entire country is with you,” said Modi.

“Peace, unity and harmony in Kashmir is everyone’s priority,” Modi said in a speech broadcast on national television, blaming “a few misguided people” for the violence. “It pains me sometimes that some young men, who should have a laptop, a volleyball, cricket bat... have been given stones in their hands.”

Kashmiri leader Mirwaiz Omar Farooq said Modi’s comments downplayed the strength of feeling in the region. “It is not a movement of a few people who are throwing stones, educated youth are picking up guns for their basic political rights. In Kashmir, it is a mass movement for our right of self-determination,” he told AFP.

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