Pakistan has categorically rejected an ‘unwarranted and misleading’ reference to Pakistan in the joint statement issued by India and the United States following their 2+2 ministerial dialogues.
Pakistan also condemned the agreement on sensitive satellite and map data sharing between the two countries. It warned that the move would have serious consequences for peace and stability in South Asia.
The US-India strategic agreement came at a time when India is facing a two-front threat on its eastern and western borders from Pakistan and China.
The joint statement issued after the talks held in New Delhi called on “Pakistan to take an immediate, sustained and irreversible action to ensure that no territory under its control is used for terrorist attacks, and to expeditiously bring to justice the perpetrators and planners of all such attacks, including 26/11 Mumbai, Uri, and Pathankot.”
Pakistan Foreign Office took a strong exception to the allegations labeled in the statement.
“We reject the Pakistan-specific reference in the joint statement issued by India and the US after their 2+2 ministerial dialogue, as unwarranted and misleading. We take a strong exception to Pakistan-related assertions made in the selective and one-sided joint statement, devoid of meeting the ‘objectivity criteria.’
“Failing to take cognizance of the grave humanitarian and human rights situation in the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu & Kashmir (IIOJK), further aggravated by India’s unilateral and illegal measures of 5 August 2019, is tantamount to abdication of international responsibility,” it maintained.
The rebuttal stated that the self-serving references could not mask Indian atrocities and state terrorism in the Occupied Kashmir, besides being a haven for the perpetrators of hate crimes against Muslims and Islamophobia.