India says Pakistan exports terror as Abdul Basit dedicates Independence Day to Kashmir

In Islamabad, speaking in the presence of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Pakistan President Mamnoon Hussain said the country will continue to support Kashmiris in their bid for the right to self-determination.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: October 4, 2016 12:20 pm
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Two days after Pakistan, through a note verbale, proposed sending supplies to Jammu and Kashmir, India on Sunday called the offer “absurd” and said that the region has received enough of Pakistan’s “trademark exports”, including terrorism, infiltrators and narcotics.

This sharply worded barb, devoid of diplomatic couching, by the official spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs, Vikas Swarup, came even as Pakistan’s envoy Abdul Basit said in New Delhi on Sunday that Pakistan was dedicating its Independence Day to Kashmir’s “freedom”.

In Islamabad, speaking in the presence of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Pakistan President Mamnoon Hussain said the country will continue to support Kashmiris in their bid for the right to self-determination.

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While statements from Hussain and Basit came during the flag-hoisting ceremonies to mark their 70th Independence Day, Swarup made his statement in Delhi hours later, marking a new low in the rhetoric-filled discourse between the two countries.

The spokesperson said, “A communication was apparently delivered to our High Commission in Islamabad on August 12. I can only characterise its contents that propose sending supplies to the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir as absurd. India and others in the region have already received enough of Pakistan’s trademark exports — international terrorism, cross-border infiltrators, weapons, narcotics and fake currency.”

Swarup also said that the MEA “completely and categorically” rejected the communication from Pakistan.

Basit raised Kashmir during the Sunday morning flag-hoisting ceremony on the Pakistan High Commission premises. “As far as Jammu and Kashmir is concerned, we are dedicating this year’s Independence Day to the freedom of Kashmir. And we firmly believe that the sacrifices made by the people of Jammu and Kashmir will not go in vain.”

Promising support to Kashmir, he added, “The ongoing unrest should be ended. Pakistan will continue to extend its full diplomatic, political and moral support to the valiant people of Jammu and Kashmir till they get their right to self determination.”

No matter “how much” force is used, Basit said, the political aspirations of the people of Jammu and Kashmir cannot be suppressed, and the “freedom movement” would reach its logical conclusion.

Basit also said that while Pakistan has always strived for better ties with India on the basis of sovereign equality and peaceful resolution of bilateral disputes, no one could “belittle” or wish away the “legitimate struggle” of the Kashmiri people. It was incumbent upon the international community to ensure implementation of the relevant UN resolutions to settle the dispute, he said.

“Today our nation faces several challenges, but no power can cause any damage to Pakistan. People who want to trouble Pakistan, they should know that our people, be it Muslim, Hindu or Sikh, we are together and will not hesitate to make any sacrifice for Pakistan’s well-being,” he said.

On Saturday, New Delhi had rejected Pakistan’s offer for a dialogue on J&K, seeking an end to Pakistan-supported cross-border terrorism first. It also called for talks on “contemporary and relevant issues” in India-Pakistan relations — including an end to Pakistani support for cross-border terrorism, and to infiltration of terrorists, such as Bahadur Ali; to incitement to violence and terrorism across the border; to parading of internationally recognised terrorists like Hafiz Saeed and Syed Salahuddin; and also a sincere follow-up on the Mumbai attack trial and the Pathankot attack investigation in Pakistan.

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    Transactions
    Aug 15, 2016 at 1:09 am
    India imports that too. I though it was only importing nails, papers, erasers, and of course defense equipments, naturally!!!!
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    Fun.meter
    Aug 15, 2016 at 1:13 am
    The customs department is not working efficiently and scrutinizing the imports from stan. The department is always flying out of India and taking selfies in foreign countries. While he himself makes Gau - Rakshak Terrorism inside india why is there a need to import from stan. Normals Sitaraman should review the situation and ban import of terrorism from stan. What do you say brahmin douche!
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      Nagaraj Nagaraj R
      Aug 15, 2016 at 2:31 am
      this tuckloo Abdul Basit kick out off our country...
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        Potthai Lang
        Aug 15, 2016 at 4:23 am
        Indians not capable of making things. India imports everything from disposable paper plate to Air fighting jets.
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        Anand Ch
        Aug 15, 2016 at 1:29 am
        He has crossed rekha and must be packed off. India if doesn't react, then this old sac will create more issues. Ask him to leave immediately.
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          Pakistan
          Aug 15, 2016 at 8:42 am
          First of all try to pack our ambador in your country, then we have your ambador and we will pack him. Hahahahaha, "ASK HIM TO LEAVE", you will never do that, for doing this a person should have guts and Modi can just speak but he cannot do anything.
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            Pakistan
            Aug 15, 2016 at 8:36 am
            You better try it. Then you will see the consequence.
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            Smith
            Aug 15, 2016 at 9:04 pm
            What about part of Kashmir under stan, if they are so interested in Kashmiri's "freedom" why don't they start by freeing that part of Kashmir rather than fake and empty "dedication" of stan's Independence day. Hypocritical bigots SMH, somebody should really ask these hypocrites this.
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