Pakistan firmly denied a reference to Pakistan as “unjustified and deceptive” in the joint statement released by India and the United States after their 2 + 2 ministerial dialogue.
On Tuesday, the US and India signed a deal to exchange critical satellite and map data, leading Pakistan to quickly warn that the agreement would have a significant effect on peace and stability in South Asia.
At a period of heightened tension in the region, the annual US-India strategic dialogue was held, with Indian troops engaging Chinese powers on their contested Himalayan frontier and worsening relations between the region’s arch-rivals.
In a joint statement issued after the talks in New Delhi, Indian Ministers Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Rajnath Singh, Minister of Defence, called on Pakistan to take immediate, sustained and continuing measures to ensure that no land under its control is used for terrorist attacks and to expeditiously bring to justice the perpetrators and planners of all such attacks.
“We reject the Pakistan-specific reference in the joint statement issued by India and the US after their 2 + 2 ministerial dialogue, as unjustified and misleading,” the Foreign Office said in a statement released on Wednesday.
Free and self-serving references in joint statements can not hide the fact that, in addition to being a safe haven for the perpetrators of hate crimes against Muslims and Islamophobia, India continues to be the nerve centre of state terrorism in the country, including Occupied Kashmir, the foreign office said.
India should not distract focus from the massive human rights abuses committed by Indian occupying forces and the ensuing humanitarian tragedy in IIOJK by trying to project itself as a ‘victim’ of terrorism, it said.
The international community respects the efforts, sacrifices and success of Pakistan in combating terrorism. Pakistan, as the country most affected by cross-border extremism, will continue to make a positive contribution to regional and global efforts to foster peace and stability in the region.
It is necessary that partner nations take an impartial view of South Asia’s peace and security problems and refrain from endorsing views that are unilateral and disconnected from realities on the ground, the FO stressed.