India perpetrating aggression in IIOJK, sponsoring terrorism: FO

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Pakistan has said that India is perpetrating repression in Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir and sponsoring and financing terrorist groups in South Asia, including Pakistan.

Foreign Office Spokesperson, Mumtaz Zahra Baloch, addressing the weekly press briefing in Islamabad on Thursday, said that India masqueraded itself as a victim of terrorism, even as it is itself a perpetrator of repression in IIOJK and a sponsor and financier of terrorist groups in South Asia.

She said the Indian occupation authorities in IIOJK were sealing properties owned by Kashmiris including those dedicated to educational institutions offering free education to disadvantaged people. A property owned by late Hurriyat leader, Syed Ali Gilani Shaheed, located in Barzulla area of Srinagar, has also been designated for closure, she said.

“India must be held accountable for these grave injustices. The only way to lasting peace in South Asia is by granting the people of IIOJK their inalienable right to self-determination as enshrined in the relevant UN Security Council resolutions,” she maintained.

The Spokesperson said, we are concerned over the rise of extremist nationalism in India and its expansionist designs for the region.

She said last week, the Indian delegation once again politicized an international forum to project its agenda to target and malign Pakistan. For the last several years, India politicized the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) process to prevent Pakistan’s exit from the Grey List and is following a similar agenda at the UN Security Council, she added.—INP