London: Pakistan on Thursday rejected as “false and baseless” Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s remarks on Wednesday on the ‘surgical strikes’ across the Line of Control in 2016 , saying “repeating a lie doesn’t turn it into the truth.”
Speaking at the ‘Bharat Ki Baat, Sabke Saath’ programme in London, Mr. Modi said India waited to inform Pakistan about the operation before disclosing it to the media and the people.
“I said before India gets to know, we should call Pakistan and tell them. We were calling them since 11 a.m. but they were scared to come on phone, at 12 we spoke to them and then told the Indian media,” Mr. Modi said.
Pakistan Foreign Office spokesperson Mohammad Faisal said on Thursday that India’s claims on the “surgical strikes” were “false and baseless.” “Repeating a lie doesn’t turn it into the truth,” he was quoted as saying by Dawn.
In response to Mr. Modi’s comments on Pakistan exporting terrorism, Mr. Faisal claimed that it was the other way around. He accused India of backing terrorists in Pakistan.