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Pakistan condemns provocative remarks by India’s defence minister | The Express Tribune




Pakistan’s Foreign Office on Wednesday issued a strong condemnation of provocative remarks by India’s Defence Minister Rajnath Singh in which he boasted of the Indian army’s readiness to cross the Line of Control (LoC). 

In a press release issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Pakistan expressed strong disapproval of Singh’s fiery statements made earlier today in the Drass area of Ladakh.

Singh had boasted about India’s readiness to cross the Line of Control (LoC) in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK), calling on civilians to be prepared to support Indian soldiers if the situation demanded it. 

“We can go to any extreme to maintain the honour and dignity of the country… if that includes crossing the LoC, we are ready to do that,” he was quoted as saying by Indian media.

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Drawing parallels with the ongoing Russia-Ukraine war, Singh emphasised the importance of civilian participation in the conflict, which he claimed had prolonged the war in Ukraine. He alleged that India was “back-stabbed” and that the 1999 Kargil war was forcibly imposed on India by its neighbouring nation.

In response to these remarks, Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a stern rebuke, advising India to exercise extreme caution as such belligerent rhetoric posed a threat to regional peace and stability in South Asia.

The official statement emphasised that Pakistan is fully capable of defending itself against any aggression.

The press release further highlighted that this was not the first time India’s political leaders and senior military officials had made such irresponsible statements about Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan. 

Pakistan urged India to refrain from dragging Pakistan into its populist public discourse, which aims to stoke hyper-nationalism for electoral gains.

The Foreign Office asserted that India’s claims about IIOJK were not supported by historical facts, international law, or the situation on the ground. Jammu and Kashmir are internationally recognised as disputed territories, 

“The relevant UN Security Council resolutions stipulate that the final disposition of the territory will be made in accordance with the will of the people expressed through the democratic method of a free and impartial plebiscite conducted under the auspices of the United Nations,” It stated.

“India would be well-advised to faithfully implement these resolutions, rather than entertaining any notions of grandeur,” it concluded. 

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