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India sabotaging CPEC, sponsoring terrorism in Pakistan: Shah Mahmood Qureshi

India providing funds to JuA, TTP and BLA

SAMAA | - Posted: Nov 14, 2020 | Last Updated: 11 months ago
Posted: Nov 14, 2020 | Last Updated: 11 months ago

India has made a plan to destabilise Pakistan, said Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi while addressing a joint press conference with ISPR DG on Saturday.

"I have spoken about this on different forums and now its time that the nation and international community know about it too," he remarked. "I have credible information and irrefutable evidence to prove my claims."

India, which claims itself to be the biggest democratic country, is moving towards fascism now, the foreign minister said. "It is becoming a rogue state." Pakistan cannot stay silent anymore, he added.

India is not being able to digest Pakistan's success against terrorism and terror attacks. Their plan has become evident now, he said.

After 9/11, the world saw that Pakistan had become a frontline state and we paid a big price for it. From 2001 to 2020, at least 19,130 terror attacks were reported in Pakistan in which over 25,000 people were martyred, including 9,000 law enforcement agencies personnel and civilians.

"We even incurred financial losses worth $126 billion," he remarked. "We can't even talk about the lost economic opportunities because they can't be calculated."

When Pakistan was busy ensuring peace in the world, India was working on laying down a network of terrorists in the country. India harboured terrorists and allowed them to use its soil against Pakistan.

"In the last three to four months, you must've noticed that terrorist attacks are increasing in Pakistan," Qureshi remarked. For example, the recent bombings in Quetta and Peshawar. "This indicates India's grand design."

India's intelligence agencies are harbouring banned organisations such as Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA), Jamaat-ul-Ahrar (JuA). They were flushed out of Pakistan but now they are being provided with weapons, IEDs, and ammunition. They have been instructed to target police officials, ulemas, and other notables.

In August 2020, India tried to unify TTP, JuA, and Harkat-ul-Ansar (HuA). The Indian government is even trying to form a consortium between TTP, BLA, Balochistan Liberation Front (BLF), and Balochistan Republican Army (BRA), he said.

'India's main objectives'

The foreign minister claimed that India has three main objectives for destabilising Pakistan:

  • Create hurdles in the peace process in Pakistan. They are giving air to sub-nationalism in Gilgit-Baltistan, Balochistan, and erstwhile FATA.
  • They don't want Pakistan to become stable and this became clear during the FATF meeting. India was the only country that was making efforts to get Pakistan blacklisted.
  • Create political instability in Pakistan.

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The PTI minister said that all the proof that they have gathered against India has been compiled in a dossier. The dossier reveals the following four things:

  • There is a deepening nexus between the Indian state and Pakistan-centric outfits.
  • India is providing resources to certain banned outfits. They have so far given Rs22 billion to these outfits.
  • India is sabotaging CPEC. Their intelligence agencies have formed a cell with the purpose to target and disrupt CPEC projects and it works under the Indian PM. According to our sources, the cell has been given Rs80 billion so far.
  • India is trying to create instability in Gilgit-Baltistan and Azad Kashmir.

'India responsible for the recent upsurge in violence in Pakistan'

Major General Babar Iftikhar, the spokesperson of the Pakistan Army, then presented the details of the evidence that Pakistan has gathered against India.

"India embraced all banned outfits soon after they were uprooted from Pakistan," he remarked. He said that he will provide proof of the Indian funding of terrorists, weapons and equipment support to terrorists, terrorist training and different terrorist incidents and activities that they have sponsored.

"The recent upsurge in the violence in Pakistan is a direct consequence of India's intensified engagements with all brands of terrorists, sub-nationalists and dissidents."

After the unification of TTP with its breakaway factions JuA and HuA, India has been endeavouring to establish a consortium of TTP with proscribed and dissident groups of Balochistan.

He said that Colonel Rajesh, an Indian official working at its embassy in Afghanistan, has met commanders of these terrorist organisations four times to "synergise their efforts and execute terrorist activities in metropolitan cities of Pakistan."

Statement for the international community

The foreign minister towards the end of the press conference read out a statement in English for the international community.

Here is the text of what he said.

"The evidence presented by Pakistan provides concrete proof of Indian financial and material sponsorship of multiple terrorist organisations including UN-designated terrorist organisations TTP, JuA and BLA.

Pakistan is presenting this dossier to the UN, OIC, P5 countries and others. We expect the international community to play its role for peace and stability in the region by

  1. Compelling India to immediately halt its state-sponsorship of terrorism in Pakistan.
  2. Bring to justice all those involved in financing and supporting terrorism inside Pakistan according to relevant, international and domestic laws.

Pakistan has shared its concerns with major international partners before. We are now presenting irrefutable evidence to the world to demonstrate the Indian state direct sponsorship of terrorism in Pakistan that has resulted in the deaths of innocent Pakistans.

The international community can no longer turn a blind eye tow this rogue behaviour by a state that refuses to adhere to international laws and UN conventions. Let me be clear, India is a state sponsor of terrorism that is consistently exhibiting rogue behaviour. If the world does not take the Indian agenda to destabilise and undermine Pakistan and the region seriously, I am afraid then peace and stability in a nuclear South Asia does not seem their priority.

Our valiant law enforcement and security agencies have resiliently fought and won the war against terrorism. We know how to defend ourselves. India's efforts to ferment terrorism inside Pakistan will not be allowed to undermine Pakistan's stability in any way. Whether they acknowledge it or not but all major powers know India is a threat to the entire region. Now, they must act to prevent it from continuing its sponsorship of terrorism against Pakistan. We reserve the right to defend ourselves in every possible way."

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