New Delhi, Oct 13, 2016: Pakistan’s High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit on Wednesday denied surgical strikes carried out by Indian Army across Line of Control (LoC) at terror launch pads and said that there was only cross-border firing and not a surgical strike which was a result of ceasefire violation.
In an interview to TV Today, Basit said “There was no surgical strike. Had there been any surgical strike, Pakistan would have retaliated.” He added that the Indian security forces only fired across the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir.
“Pakistan is striving to have normal ties with India and that continues to be our objective under the leadership of PM Nawaz Sharif. We want a relationship on sovereignty and mutual respect and we are committed to this,” Basit said.
He refused to comment on media reports in both India and Pakistan on the surgical strikes. “Even your government’s official statement has been that the surgical strikes took place or was carried out along the Line of Control. I am yet to see the government’s statement that says the strikes were across the LoC,” Basit said.
Speaking about countries opting out of the SAARC Summit in Islamabad, and leaving Pakistan isolated in South Asia, Basit said: “No other country can claim to have suffered more than us. Pakistan has been suffering for 13-14 years. Sixty-thousand lives have been lost and there has been the financial loss as well. We do not need to be lectured on terrorism”.
“Postponement of the SAARC summit was our collective loss. We are confident that Pakistan would host the 19th summit, if not this year then sometime next year. It is a setback for all of us that SAARC collapsed,” Basit said.
To the question on political asylum by India to Baloch leader Brahamdagh Bughti, the envoy said: “A handful of individual don’t represent Balochistan.” He added that he questioned the idea of destabilising Pakistan and “if that happens we will see how this pans out”.
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