Kashmir unrest: India rejects Pakistan's offer to send 'supplies', calls it absurd

In the wake of the ongoing unrest in Jammu and Kashmir, Pakistan on Sunday reportedly offered to send supplies to the state, after which India snubbed the offer by terming it “absurd”.

Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Vikas Swarup told ANI that a communication was delivered to India’s High Commission in Islamabad on 12 August.

“I can only characterise its contents that propose sending supplies to Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir as absurd,” ANI further quoted him as saying. He also said that India has “completely and categorically” rejected this purported communication from Pakistan Foreign Ministry.

In a strong message to the neighbouring nation, Swarup also tweeted India’s response to the offer. He said, “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,” corroborating Union Minister Rajnath Singh’s statement that the violence in Kashmir is sponsored by Pakistan.

Swarup’s statement comes on a day when Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit said that Pakistan’s Independence Day this year is dedicated to Kashmir’s 'azaadi' during the celebrations at its embassy in Delhi.

While defending Pakistan, Basit said, “Pakistan has always made efforts to improve its relationship with India.” Basit had even said that “Pakistan will continue to extend its full diplomatic, political and moral support to the valiant people of Jammu and Kashmir till they get their right to self determination.”

India had summoned him on 9 August amid growing tension between the two nations over the violence in Kashmir.

Swarup, however, reiterated the Centre’s stand that Pakistan is sponsoring terrorism in Kashmir. Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar had called Basit to his office and lodged a strong protest over the issue as he made a specific reference to LeT terrorist and Pakistan national Bahadur Ali, who was captured recently in North Kashmir during an encounter.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Singh have overtly blamed Pakistan for the ongoing tension. In the all-party meeting convened by Modi to discuss the Kashmir issue, he had said that cross-border terrorism, supported by Pakistan, is the root cause of turbulence in the Valley.

Singh had previosuly assured Rajya Sabha that the Centre will ensure all basic commodities are available to the people of Kashmir despite curfew and restrcitions.

(With inputs from PTI)

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Updated Date: Aug 14, 2016 15:04:41 IST

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