India has denied allegations by its arch-rival Pakistan that New Delhi had helped fund terrorist groups on Pakistani soil, with a foreign ministry spokesman dismissing them as “fabricated” and “figments of imagination”.
“This desperate attempt will find few takers as the international community is aware of Pakistan’s tactics,” India’s foreign ministry spokesman Anurag Srivastava said in a statement late on Sunday.
Srivastava added that Pakistan itself funds militants – an allegation Islamabad also denies.
Pakistan’s foreign minister said on Saturday the country would present its evidence to the United Nations and other international bodies.
Both sides have long accused each other of equipping insurgents, but Saturday’s announcement by Pakistan’s foreign minister and military at a news conference in the capital Islamabad provided a heightened level of detail and specific accusations.
They said they had obtained documents that showed New Delhi had met with and funded members of the Pakistani Taliban, as well as Baloch terror groups from the southern province of Balochistan who have claimed responsibility for attacks on Chinese interests as part of an effort to sabotage China’s $65 billion Belt and Road investment plan in Pakistan.
The Pakistani civilian and military leaders said that India’s Research & Analysis Wing (RAW) intelligence agency was operating a network of agents and training camps through its diplomatic missions in Afghanistan who were financing, training, and equipping militants operating inside Pakistan.
Pakistan also presented some of the dossier’s evidence purporting to show India’s involvement in attacks within Pakistan, including bank receipts showing funding and photos showing alleged perpetrators of attacks inside the Indian consulate in Jalalabad, Afghanistan.
Pakistan said the attackers who led a deadly assault on a luxury hotel in the southwestern city of Gwadar in May 2019, were in telephone contact with Indian intelligence handlers before and during the assault.
Chinese companies operate the Pakistani city’s key port facilities and it is considered a keystone of major Pakistani-Chinese trade projects.
Afghanistan’s foreign ministry has also denied that Kabul is allowing terrorists to hit Pakistan.
“The Afghan government explicitly declares that Afghanistan has been the main victim of terrorism in the world, and we are committed to the policy of combating all forms of terrorism,” the Afghan statement read.
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