Pakistan's Chief Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali has blamed political and religious parties in Pakistan for having backed terrorists to further interests in a public meeting on Monday with the commencement of the new judicial year in the country, according to India Today.
"It is disappointing to see some political parties supporting terrorists for their own interest," Jamali was quoted as saying in Hindustan Times.
Pakistan has always denied links to terrorist attacks in India, and did so again, with regard to the Uri attack.
India on Sunday said the terrorist attack in Uri has highlighted Pakistan's desire to use "poison" instead of dialogue as it lodged a strong protest against Islamabad at the NAM summit in Margarita Island for its "mischievous" and "malignant" support to terror. India has blamed Jaish-e-Mohammad for the attack and called Pakistan a “terror” state that needs to be isolated. Pakistan, on the other hand, refuted the charges, which they touted as a knee-jerk reaction, not based on "facts."
The Uri attack, described as the deadliest attack on the Indian Army in the last 26 years, has invited censure for Pakistan from multiple countries. "We have noted relevant reports. We are shocked by this attack," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang said in reference to Uri attack and India's charge that Pakistan-based militant group Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) is behind it. JeM has special significance as Beijing has put a technical hold over India's efforts to bring about a UN ban on the outfit's leader Masood Azhar for his involvement in Pathankot attack.
Two powerful American lawmakers have introduced a bill in the US House of Representatives to designate Pakistan a state sponsor of terrorism, saying it was time the US stopped paying the country for its "betrayal". Germany, Russia, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Algeria, France, Venezuela and UK too have slammed Pakistan for endorsing terrorism.
With potential global isolation seeming likely for Pakistan, CJ Jamali urged various institutions of governance in Pakistan to function properly so Pakistan can become stable and was quoted as saying: "The constitution allows all faiths to practice their religion without fear of being persecuted."
Courts in Pakistan are being persecuted by terrorist groups, he added, to instill fear among lawyers and judges, because of the same internal backing, reportedZee News. He urged Pakistan's security agencies to provide 'foolproof security' to the country's judicial institutions to stop the spread of terror and said that judges were responsible for protecting democracies both from terrorism and from the means the state wants to use to fight terrorism, reports Pakistani daily, Daily Times.
Another Pakistani daily, Dawn, said in reference to Jamali's comments, that it is not only a resolute affirmation of the truth but upholds what many even within Pakistan have been saying for a long time. The daily listed various examples of these liaisons as 'open secrets' such as the presence of the militant wing of Muttahida Quami Movement in Karachi, Pakistan People's Party's patronising of the Karachi underworld and PML-N leader Rana Sanaullah Khan's interaction with banned sectarian groups. Religious parties like Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (F) have launched opprobrious campaigns against attempts by the state to regulate and register madrassas that have been aligned with hard-line outfits.
Meanwhile, the Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, Army Chief General Dalbir Singh Suhag and top officials of the ministries of Home and Defence, paramilitary forces and chiefs of intelligence agencies met to review the situation in Kashmir. Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi, Jammu and Kashmir CM Mehbooba Mufti and Governor NN Vohra met to assess the ground situation in the state.
Union Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj will address Pakistan's soft approach on terrorism, going beyond Uri, to list out a number of instances where Pakistan has treated terror groups softly. PM Modi held a cabinet meeting on Uri on Wednesday. Determined to use a strategic, tight and focused response to Uri, India is likely to take Pakistan's case internationally, reports DNA.
With inputs from agencies