New Delhi: The Indian government on Thursday flatly rejected Pakistan’s allegations that officials at the Indian High Commission in Islamabad were spying. The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) also hit out strongly against the publication of the pictures and names of Indian High Commission officials it has accused of spying.
“We completely reject the baseless and unsubstantiated allegations made by Pakistan against certain officials of the Indian High Commission in Islamabad. The Indian government strongly protests the manner in which the names and photos of eight Indian officials, four of them holders of diplomatic passports, have been published,” said MEA spokesperson Vikas Swarup at a news briefing on Thursday.
“The Indian officials who have been falsely implicated were working in fields of promoting people-to-people, trade and economic contacts between the two countries. Pakistan’s false allegations against them have the potential to adversely affect the corresponding activities of the High Commission,” he added.
Swarup also said the ball is in Pakistan’s court, when asked about possible improvements in the India-Pakistan relationship. “The root cause of problems between India and Pakistan is Pakistan’s support to cross border terrorism and its promotion as an element of state policy. It is important for Pakistan to desist from its failed policies, which have led to its diplomatic isolation,” he said.
The MEA also took a shot at Pakistan over the ongoing exchanges of fire along the International Border and the Line of Control (LoC). “We reject Pakistan’s allegations of unprovoked firing. Our forces have only retaliated when Pakistani forces have opened fire to provide cover to infiltrators,” he said.
“We have lodged a strong protest with Pakistan for killing our civilians,” Swarup added.