Pakistan Rejects 'infiltration' Charges
29 August 2004
Islamabad: Pakistan on Sunday rejected the Indian allegations of cross border infiltration of Kashmiri fighters. Talking to a private television network, Foreign Office Spokesman Masood Khan said, 'leveling of such allegations is aimed at diverting attention on the resolution of real issue of Kashmir'. Terming the Indian foreign minister's remarks 'baseless', he said that Pakistan had already rejected such allegations of infiltration in Kashmir. 'The aim of such baseless allegations is to divert the attention on the real issue of Indian occupation of Kashmir and the human rights violations there. India wants to cover up atrocities being perpetrated by its forces in occupied Kashmir.' The spokesman, however, welcomed the Indian Prime Minister Manmohn Singh's goodwill message on the election of Shaukat Aziz as prime minister of Pakistan. He also said that Pakistan has no suspect of Indian national on its soil. 'During the talks on terrorism, both the countries had exchanged lists and it is not appropriate to discuss such issues before the scheduled talks at foreign minister's level.' About India's missile test, the spokesman said that India had informed Pakistan's High Commission in New Delhi under an understanding reached in 1999 between the two countries. 'Pakistan is not concerned with Indian missile test. Pakistan is against the arms race in South Asia and maintaining of nuclear restraint is in the interest of both the neighboring countries,' Khan said.