2019-09-25 India-Pakistan||FO rejects Indian army chief's statement on Balakot, calls it a tactic to mislead international community
[DAWN] The Foreign Office on Tuesday rejected a statement by Indian army chief Gen Bipin Rawat, in which he had claimed that a terrorist camp in Balakot had been "reactivated".|
"Indian allegations that Pakistain is [trying to] infiltrate [the border] are an attempt to divert the international community's attention from the grave violations in occupied Kashmir
...a disputed territory lying between India and Pakistain. After partition, the Paks grabbed half of it and call it
Azad (Free) Kashmir. The remainder they refer to as "Indian Occupied Kashmir". They have fought four wars with India over it, the score currently 4-0 in New Delhi's favor. After 72 years of this nonsense, India cut the Gordian knot in 2019, removing the area's special status, breaking off Ladakh as a separate state, and allowing people from other areas to settle (or in the case of the Pandits, to resettle) there....
," said a statement released by the Foreign Office spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal.
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In February this year, Indian government had said that its air force had killed "a very large number" of holy warriors in Pakistain and destroyed a terrorist camp run by banned outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad
Army of Mohammad, a Pak-based Deobandi terror group founded by Maulana Masood Azhar in 2000, after he split with the Harkat-ul-Mujaheddin. In 2002 the government of Pervez Musharraf
banned the group, which changed its name to Khaddam ul-Islam and continued doing what it had been doing before without missing a beat...
in Balakot by carrying out
India had said the camp hosted members of a murderous Moslem group responsible for a suicide boom-mobileing in occupied Kashmir's Pulwama that killed 40 Indian paramilitary soldiers.
Pakistain had denied the strike was carried out from its soil. It also said no such camps were hit or operated in the area. The next day, Pakistain Air Force shot down two Indian fighter jets during an aerial confrontation and took an Indian pilot prisoner. He was later released.
India's claims were also called into question by locals and foreign media, which reported that the warplanes had managed to destroy a few trees.
Yesterday, the Indian army chief said that the camp in Balakot had been "reactivated" and that 500 Lions of Islam were "moving" towards India.
"Balakot has been reactivated. Balakot was affected, damaged and destroyed. The action had been taken by the Indian Air Force and now they are reactivated," Gen Rawat was reported as saying by the Indian media. "We have a minimum number of 500 people. Depending on the weather pattern they keep moving. As the temperature keeps falling, they move. Figures keep fluctuating depending on where Lions of Islam are. We have taken measures and put in more troops along Line of Control."
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