KABUL: Pakistan is foaming at the mouth over a recent statement by U.S. and Indian presidents in a meeting in the White House urging Islamabad to ensure that its territory is not used as a base for militant attacks.
In response to recent remarks by U.S. President Joe Biden and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Pakistan’s foreign ministry said that it maintains close counterterrorism cooperation with the United States. They described the joint US-Indian statement as one-sided and misleading and there reference to Islamabad in the statement was contrary to diplomatic norms.
Biden and Modi in a joint statement on Thursday strongly condemned cross-border terrorism and the use of terrorist proxies, urging Pakistan to take immediate action to ensure that no territory under its control is used for launching terrorist attacks.
Pakistan’s foreign ministry responded by asserting that India is using allegations of extremism against Islamabad as a diversion from the situation in Kashmir and the treatment of minorities in India.
For years, New Delhi has accused Pakistan of orchestrating militant attacks in India, including the 2008 Mumbai attack that claimed the lives of over 165 people. India also claims that Pakistan has aided Islamist militants who have been engaged in conflict with Indian security forces in the Indian-controlled part of Kashmir since the late 1980s. Pakistan denies these allegations and maintains that it offers only diplomatic and moral support to Kashmiris seeking self-determination.
In 2019, the special status of the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir was revoked, leading to its division into two federally controlled territories. Pakistan considers these actions illegal and calls for their reversal.
During Modi’s visit to Washington, Biden extended a warm welcome to Modi, and both leaders highlighted the defense and commerce agreements between their countries, aimed at countering China’s global influence.
Pakistan has also expressed deep concerns regarding the planned transfer of advanced military technologies to India, stating that such steps would not contribute to achieving peace in South Asia.