ISLAMABAD - Pakistan on Wednesday strongly reacted to the statement of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and termed his remarks as baseless rhetoric against Pakistan regarding terrorism.
In a statement issued here, Foreign Office spokesperson Tasnim Aslam said with reference to news reports attributed to Prime Minister Modi, India was repeating the baseless rhetoric against Pakistan regarding terrorism. She said that Pakistan has consistently condemned extremism in all its forms and manifestations.
She pointed out that having lost the lives of 55,000 of its citizens as a result of militant activities; Pakistan was the biggest victim of the menace. "The entire world has, time and again, acknowledged Pakistan's unprecedented sacrifices, rendered by our valiant armed forces with over 5,000 soldiers having embraced martyrdom," she said.
"Our armed forces remain ready to defend Pakistan's borders and thwart any threat of aggression," she stressed. The spokesperson said the press reports of Indian accusations, at the highest political level, were most unfortunate, especially as the leadership of Pakistan wishes to establish good neighbourly relations with India.
"Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's visit to India in May was in this spirit and generated a fresh momentum in the bilateral relationship. It would be in the larger interest of the regional peace that instead of engaging in a blame game, the two countries should focus on resolving all issues through dialogue and work together to promote friendly and cooperative relations," she said.