India’s role in E. Pakistan violence to be exposed

Sartaj Aziz says Modi’s remarks admission of India’s involvement in subversive acts

By Afzal Khan

Published: Thu 11 Jun 2015, 11:27 PM

Last updated: Wed 12 Feb 2020, 3:32 PM

Islamabad - The Pakistani premier’s senior aide has affirmed that Pakistan will take all possible measures to expose India’s role in the break-up of East Pakistan in 1971.
“We will take all possible steps to expose India’s role in the break-up of East Pakistan in 1971 and its threat to destabilise Pakistan through terrorism,” Sartaj Aziz told the Senate on Wednesday.

Army’s top brass takes serious view of statements by Indian leaders
Afzal Khan
Islamabad — The Pakistan army top brass on Wednesday expressed serious concern over “provocative” statements of Indian leaders that have escalated bilateral tensions in recent weeks.
A formation commanders’ conference, chaired by Chief of the Army Staff Gen. Raheel Sharif, reaffirmed determination to defend Pakistan against any aggression. Addressing the meeting, General Raheel declared that Pakistan’s armed forces are capable of frustrating aggressive designs of any foreign country.
No hurdles in completion of economic corridor
Army chief Gen. Raheel Sharif on Wednesday assured China that there will be no hurdles in the completion of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), adding that maximum security has been put in place for the project.
Raheel met Chinese Vice Minister of State Security Dong Haizhou, who called on him at the General Headquarters in the garrison city of Rawalpindi, the Dawn reported.
“Matters relating to bilateral interest, regional security and security of CPEC came up for discussion,” according to a statement issued by the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR).
Haizhou said Beijing attached great importance to its relations with Islamabad and early completion of the project would benefit Pakistan and China as well as the entire region.
The 3,000-km corridor running from the southern Gwadar port on the Arabian Sea to China’s western Xinjiang region was launched in April during Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to Islamabad.
Sartaj further said, “The government has taken strong notice of Modi’s statement in which he acknowledged his country’s role in the events of 1971 in the then-East Pakistan.
The premier’s adviser on foreign affairs urged the international community and the United Nations to take notice of India’s open admission of indulging in subversive activities to destabilise Pakistan.
The adviser’s statement comes days after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his visit to Dhaka not only accused Pakistan of spreading terrorism in India but also admitted that India had played a part in the break-up of Pakistan in 1971.
Sartaj said Modi’s remarks in Bangladesh were aimed at fanning hatred against it and called on the UN to take notice of India’s “open admission” of indulging in subversive activities to destabilise the country.
Sartaj said Modi’s statement vindicates Pakistan’s stand over India’s present and past policies to destabilise it.
Sartaj said Modi’s remarks were aimed at souring ties between Pakistan and Bangladesh which have strong bonds of religious affinity and the shared history of struggle for independence against colonial rule.
He also questioned India’s credibility for permanent membership in the UN Security Council, alleging that India has been violating the UN resolutions on Jammu and Kashmir.
Chairman of the Senate, Upper House of the Parliament, Mian Raza Rabbani, also condemned Modi’s remarks and said that India wanted to create differences between Pakistan and Bangladesh but it will not succeed. Modi in his remarks during his recent visit to Bangladesh talked about the role of his country in the separation of Bangladesh.
Pakistan’s Foreign Office had on Tuesday said that “characterisation of bilateral relations by the Indian prime minister as ‘nuisance’ is unfortunate.”
Meanwhile, in the Punjab Assembly opposition leader Mehmoodur Rasheed submitted a resolution against Modi’s statement in Bangladesh. The resolution calls on the government to immediately convene an All Parties Conference (APC) and announce its course of action in light of Modi’s statement.
Earlier on Tuesday, amidst a fresh salvo of hostile rhetoric from New Delhi, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said that the recent provocative statements of Indian leaders are ‘disappointing’.
He called upon the United Nations Security Council to ensure implementation of its resolutions to resolve the festering dispute over the Himalayan region of Kashmir.
Modi’s statement is being seen as a part of the ongoing war of words between the two nuclear-armed neighbours. In the recent weeks, both the countries have accused each other of sponsoring terrorism.
(With inputs from PTI)

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