Two days after Pakistan presented specific proofs of Indian involvement behind terrorism in the country, envoys of the permanent members of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) were briefed by the foreign secretary on the dossier on Indian state sponsorship of terrorism.
FS Sohail Mahmood apprised the envoys of P-5 countries — China, UK, US, France and Russia — of India’s involvement in planning, promoting, aiding, abetting, financing and execution of terrorist activities in Pakistan, according to a statement issued by the Foreign Office on Monday.
The dossiers containing irrefutable evidence of India’s state sponsorship of terrorism against Pakistan were handed over to them, it added.
The official communique also said that Pakistan will continue to highlight to the international community India’s state sponsorship of terrorism and destabilising activities against Pakistan.
‘Bland denials cannot change facts’
Meanwhile, Islamabad on Monday categorically rejected the Indian Ministry of External Affairs’ denial of the irrefutable evidence provided by Pakistan on Indian state sponsorship of terrorism.
“Fully exposed, India has typically resorted to sophistry, obfuscation and re-fabrication. Bland denials and regurgitation of old litany of charges, however, will not change facts,” according to another statement issued by the FO.
The reaction came after India rejected Pakistan’s dossier as “figment of imagination” and an attempt to divert internal political and economic problems.
On Saturday, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and chief military spokesperson Major General Babar Iftikhar had presented specific proof of Indian involvement behind terrorism in Pakistan.
“The Dossier presented by Pakistan extensively documents India’s active planning, promoting, aiding, abetting, financing and execution of terrorist activities against Pakistan,” the communiqué said.
It also pointed out that since 2001, Pakistan had faced more than 19,000 terrorist attacks on its soil and suffered 83,000 causalities. “The direct economic losses have been upward of $126 billion. As a result of India’s sponsorship of terrorism, from across our borders, Pakistan continues to suffer immensely.”
Meanwhile, India, the statement further pointed out, had mischievously masqueraded as a ‘victim’ of terrorism and sought to mislead the international community by hypocritically levelling terrorism-related allegations against Pakistan.
“It has also conducted false flag operations in IIOJK [Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir] and inside India to malign Pakistan. That façade has now been removed and the world can see the real face of India – one blackened by its decades-long state-terrorism in IIOJK and state-sponsored terrorism and destabilisation efforts in Pakistan.”
“The most familiar and undeniable face of India’s state-sponsorship of terrorism against Pakistan is Commander Kulbhushan Jadhav — caught red-handed in March 2016. His complicity in subversion, sabotage and terrorism in Pakistan is part of the incontrovertible evidence against India,” the statement further said.
“The world is also familiar with “saffron terror” orchestrated and unleashed by the RSS-BJP zealots against Muslims in India and against Pakistan. Masterminds of Mecca Masjid, Ajmer Dargah, and Samjhota Express terrorist cases, like Swami Aseemanand, have been granted full state protection and acquitted in complete travesty of justice after having confessed to India’s National Investigation Agency (NIA),” it added.
Open threats to Pakistan by Indian civilian and military leaders, India’s sinister design to subvert the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), and public statements by noted Indian politicians and senior security officials on ‘teaching Pakistan’ a lesson through use of terrorism constitute further incriminating evidence, the statement said.
The Foreign Office said the presence of ISIL and AQIS in India as highlighted in recent UN reports indicate that India was emerging as a hotbed of UN designated international terrorist organisations and posing a great risk to the region.
“Recent revelations by FINCEN files illustrate how India uses its financial system for money laundering and other illegal activities such as terrorism financing — brazenly and with impunity.
“Use of terrorism as an instrument of state policy by India makes it culpable under international law, UN sanctions regime, and international counter-terrorism conventions. It is the collective responsibility of the world community to hold India to account and take practical steps to proceed against the Indian nationals involved in patronage of terrorist entities.”
“We also expect the UN counter-terrorism bodies to proceed on the basis of concrete evidence provided by Pakistan and urge India to renounce use of terrorism as an instrument of state policy. The UN must also play its part in dismantling of the Indian terrorist infrastructure, details of which have been provided in the Dossier,” the statement concluded.