After offering a dialogue exclusively on J&K, Pakistan approached the Indian high commission in Islamabad with a proposal to send supplies to the victims of violence in the state. India rejected the offer with disdain on Sunday and said Pakistan has already exported enough terrorism to the Indian state.
On Pakistan’s independence day, its high commissioner Abdul Basit dedicated the occasion to the freedom of Kashmiris, further fuelling the diplomatic blow-up between the two nations over developments in the Valley. Indian officials described the remark as highly provocative.
Pakistan had sent a note verbale to the Indian high commission on Friday proposing supplies, an offer which the government described as absurd.
“India and others in the region have already received enough of Pakistan’s trademark exports, international terrorism, cross-border infiltrators, weapons, narcotics and fake currency,” foreign ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup said, adding that India completely and categorically rejected this purported communication from the Pakistani foreign ministry.
Basit, though, stoked the strife as he stressed that despite the use of force, nobody could suppress the political aspirations of Kashmiri people.
“Pakistan will continue extending its full diplomatic, political and moral support to the valiant people of Jammu and Kashmir till they get their right to self-determination,” he declared after hoisting the national flag at the Pakistani mission.