Pakistan rejects allegation in Japan-India statement

By Atta Ur Rehman Khan - Web Editor & Columnist

02nd December, 2019

Pakistan has categorically rejected the reference to Pakistan in the Japan-India Joint Statement issued in New Delhi on 30th November, 2019.

In a statement issued on Monday, Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal said this reference is gratuitous and completely unwarranted.

He said India’s animus towards Pakistan and its smear campaign in the context of alleged “cross-border terrorism” are well-known to the world.

The Spokesperson said among other things, these are part of a long-standing design to divert the world’s attention from India’s illegal actions and gross and systematic violations of human rights in Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir.

He said India’s relentless attempts to politicize the FATF proceedings are also in the knowledge of the international community, including the broader FATF membership.

Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan MOTEGI Toshimitsu, Minister of Defense of Japan KONO Taro, External Affairs Minister of India, Subrahmanyam Jaishankar and Defense Minister of India Rajnath Singh met in New Delhi for the first Japan-India 2+2 on Nov. 30, according to the joint statement.

The Pakistani statement said, it is important that partner countries take an objective and balanced view of the issues of peace and security in South Asia and refrain from endorsing positions that are one-sided and divorced from ground realities.

The statement also said, India’s “animus” towards Pakistan and its “smear campaign” in the context of alleged cross-border terrorism are well-known to the world.

It said India’s relentless attempts to politicize the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) proceedings are also in the knowledge of the international community, including the broader FATF membership, adding Pakistan will continue to firmly counter the Indian smear and propaganda.


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