Pakistan strongly rejects Indian complaint made to United States
ISLAMABAD - Pakistan has strongly rejected Indian complaint made to United States over Occupied Kashmir militancy.
Pakistan and the US are in contact at the top level and Washington had shared some ‘complaints’ by India that Pakistan was sending militants in Kashmir and elsewhere, senior government officials told The Nation on Sunday.
“Our position is very clear. We have never send fighters to India and we have never done it (sent militants) to any country. The Kashmir freedom struggle is indigenous which Pakistan supports diplomatically and politically,” one official said, citing regular talks with the US counterparts.
Another official said US President Donald Trump was playing an active role to defuse the Pak-India tension but India was defiant to play under its own terms. “The only thing Pakistan wants is normalcy in Kashmir. We are ready for talks anywhere, anytime,” he maintained.
Earlier, a US think-tank has warned that the spectre of nuclear war haunts tensions between Pakistan and India and the disputed territory of Kashmir could provide the spark that lights South Asia’s nuclear fuse.
The report by Stratfor, a geopolitical intelligence platform based in Austin, Texas, also disputes the classification of Kashmir issue as India’s internal affair or a bilateral issue between India and Pakistan.
The possibility of the conflict going nuclear has increased after Indian Defense Minister Rajnath Singh’s statement of abandoning India’s “no first use” doctrine, says the report. It said the people of Kashmir were promised a plebiscite that never took place.
It pointed out that last February, Pakistan downed an Indian fighter jet but returned its pilot. However, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi did not acknowledge Islamabad’s conciliatory gesture nor his government has been willing to discuss the Kashmir issue, whose people were promised a plebiscite on their future.