Pakistan warns India against any misadventure

Mariana Baabar
Wednesday, May 15, 2024

ISLAMABAD: The Foreign Office on Tuesday reacted strongly to the “inflammatory” rhetoric against Pakistan during the Indian election campaign where Prime Minister Modi and other BJP leaders have been freely engaging in “bravado” and “jingoism”, with a clear warning to desist from any misadventure against Pakistan as a last resort.

Spokeswoman at the Foreign Office made it clear Indian accusations against Pakistan’s strategic capabilities were misplaced. “The purpose of Pakistan’s strategic capability is to safeguard its sovereignty and defend its territorial integrity. Pakistan has also clearly demonstrated its resolve to defend itself in the past and would not hesitate to do so in future should the Indian side choose to embark on a misadventure,” she warned.

Pakistan, she pointed out, was witnessing an alarming surge in anti-Pakistan rhetoric from various Indian leaders amidst the ongoing Lok Sabha election campaign.

“We outrightly reject these irresponsible statements, which cover a wide array of topics including the Jammu and Kashmir dispute, counter-terrorism efforts, state of bilateral relations and nuclear capabilities,” she said.

“The bravado and jingoism exhibited by Indian leaders expose a reckless and extremist mindset. This mindset calls into question India’s capacity to be a responsible steward of its strategic capability,” added the spokeswoman.

Pakistan regretted that these statements from the Indian leadership reflect an unhealthy and entrenched obsession with Pakistan and reveal a deliberate intent to exploit hyper-nationalism for electoral gains. “These also signify a desperate attempt to deflect attention from mounting domestic and international criticism,” she pointed out.

Pakistan says just a few months ago it had exposed details of India’s campaign of extrajudicial and transnational assassinations on Pakistani soil. “India’s continuous emphasis on its readiness to take aggressive actions within Pakistan constitutes a tacit admission of guilt,” she said.

The vision of peace, progress and prosperity in South Asia can only be realised through the peaceful resolution of all outstanding disputes, including Jammu and Kashmir, and a shift from confrontation to cooperation, she said.

“Regarding the inflammatory rhetoric about Azad Jammu and Kashmir, we reiterate historical facts, legal principles, moral considerations, and ground realities refute India’s baseless claims,” the spokesperson said. Jammu and Kashmir remains an internationally-recognised disputed territory and the relevant UN Security Council resolutions clearly mandate a plebiscite under UN auspices for its final determination, she said.

“No amount of inflated Indian statements can change this reality. India should, therefore, focus on implementing these resolutions instead of indulging in fantasies of grandeur,” the FO spokesperson said.

The Foreign Office told the Indian politicians to cease dragging Pakistan into their domestic politics for electoral gains and to handle sensitive strategic matters with the utmost caution. “We call upon the international community to take note of Indian leadership’s belligerent rhetoric, which poses a grave threat to regional peace and stability,” said the spokeswoman.