Pakistan condemns Indian defence minister’s provocative statements
ISLAMABAD (92 News) – Pakistan on Tuesday has condemned recent statements made by Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh during election rallies in Haryana.
In a statement, Foreign Office (FO) spokesperson Muhammad Faisal said these provocative statements from a senior Minister in the Indian government provide another insight into the BJP mindset, a mix of extremist ideology, hegemonic ambitions, and obsession with Pakistan.
“It is highly irresponsibility of the Indian Defence Minister to be threatening the splitting of a sovereign country. We are sure that the world community would take cognizance,” Dr Faisal mentioned.
The FO spokesperson said that Rajnath Singh should have no doubt that the security forces and people of Pakistan remain ready to resolutely defend the country against any evil design. “We also reject the Indian defence minister’s gratuitous comments on help in counter-terrorism,” he added.
India must cease its sponsorship of terrorism against Pakistan
Dr Faisal said India would help itself by ceasing forthwith the state-terrorism it has been perpetrating for decades against the Kashmiri people in Indian Occupied Kashmir (IoK).
He further said that India must also cease its sponsorship of terrorism against Pakistan.
BJP should contest elections on performance not dragging Pakistan
“It is a well-established pattern that whenever there are elections in India, the BJP leadership whips up anti-Pakistan sentiment to rally support for its candidates,” the spokesperson said.
“As we have stressed before, the BJP should contest elections on the basis of its own performance, rather than dragging Pakistan into the domestic political foray for electoral gains,” he maintained.
It is noteworthy that Rajnath Singh always made such provocative remarks; in 2016, he was reported as saying that Pakistan ‘would soon be in ten pieces’ if cross-border terrorism does not come to an end.
In August this year, the Indian defence minister had come under fire for his comments on the ‘no first use’ policy regarding nuclear weapons.