ISLAMABAD – Pakistan has accused Indian government of running a number of training camps in Afghanistan on globally outlawed militant groups, according to reports, plotting terrorism on Pakistani soil to destabilize the country.
Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and army spokesman Major-General Babar Iftikhar, at a joint news conference Saturday, presented what they said was “irrefutable evidence” linking India directly to almost all recent terrorist attacks across Pakistan, as VOA reported.
While displaying for the first time documents, banking transactions worth millions of dollars, audio clips and details of contacts between Indian intelligence operatives and diplomats with fugitive Pakistani militants operating out of Afghanistan, Iftikhar said they have “irrefutable evidence” of Indian links to terrorism on Pakistani soil.
“Uncontrivable evidence reveals that Indian embassies and consulates operating along Pakistan’s borders have become hub of terror sponsorship against Pakistan,” he said, as the report quoted.
“We have verifiable evidence of terrorists funding by India. Indian ambassadors in Afghanistan have been regularly supervising various terrorist activities,” Iftikhar added.
Meanwhile, the Foreign Minister affirmed such a claim, saying “Pakistan provides concrete proof of Indian financial and material sponsorship of multiple terrorist organizations, including U.N.-designated terrorist organizations Jamaat ul Ahrar, Bloch Liberation Army and Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan.”
Qureshi said his government would share the “dossier” with the United Nations and five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council, including the United States, China, Russia, Britain and France to pressure India to halt its terrorist actives inside Pakistan, according to report.
Neither Indian officials nor the Afghan government have immediately commented on the Pakistani allegations, although both New Delhi and Kabul have denied similar allegations in the past.
Michael Kugelman, deputy director Asia program at Washington’s Wilson Center, observed that “Pakistan’s allegations about Indian-sponsored terror aren’t new at all.”
“They’ve been made for years. What is new is providing more detail on the allegations and placing these details squarely in the public (and global) eye,” Kugelman said in a tweet.