India has strongly rebutted Pakistan's claims of "extra judicial killings", describing them as Islamabad's "latest attempt" at peddling false and malicious anti-India propaganda.
"We have seen media reports regarding certain remarks by Pakistan Foreign Secretary. It is Pakistan’s latest attempt at peddling false and malicious anti-India propaganda," Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Randhir Jaiswal said on Thursday (25 January).
"As the world knows, Pakistan has long been the epicentre of terrorism, organised crime, and illegal transnational activities. India and many other countries have publicly warned Pakistan cautioning that it would be consumed by its own culture of terror and violence," he said.
"Pakistan will reap what it sows. To blame others for its own misdeeds can neither be a justification nor a solution," the MEA spokesperson added.
This comes after Pakistan on Thursday claimed it has "credible evidence" of links between what it called "Indian agents" and the assassination of two Pakistani terrorists associated with the Jaish-e-Mohammed and the Lashkar-e-Taiba in Sialkot and Rawalkot last year.
Pakistan's Foreign Secretary Muhammad Syrus Sajjad Qazi claimed that India was carrying out "extra-territorial and extra-judicial killings".
On 8 September last year, Riyaz Ahmad alias Abu Qasim, a member of terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba, was killed by unknown assailants at the Al-Qudus mosque in the Rawalakot area of Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir during early morning prayers.
He was one of the main conspirators behind the Dhangri terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir on 1 January 2023, NDTV reported.
Additionally, on 11 October, Shahid Latif, a key aide of Jaish-e-Mohammed's chief Masood Azhar and the mastermind of the 2016 attack on the Indian Air Force base in Pathankot, was gunned down at a mosque in Sialkot.
Kuldeep is Senior Editor (Newsroom) at Swarajya. He tweets at @kaydnegi.
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