Stop baseless propaganda over blast at Hafiz residence, India tells Pak

Wednesday 14th July 2021 06:40 EDT

New Delhi: Asking Pakistan to not engage in baseless propaganda against India over the recent blast outside JuD chief Hafiz Saeed’s residence in Lahore, the government said that Islamabad would do well to expend the same effort in setting its own house in order and taking credible and verifiable action against terrorism emanating from its soil.

Pakistan PM Imran Khan had himself alleged that the attack in Lahore had links with “Indian sponsorship” of terrorism against Pakistan. India also said it had asked OIC to be watchful that their platform is not subverted by “vested interests for comments on internal affairs of India or for anti-India propaganda through biased and one-sided resolutions”.

In a rare meeting between Indian ambassador to Saudi Arabia and OIC secretary general earlier this week, the latter said it had proposed talks between India and Pakistan and that it wanted to send a team to J&K to assess the situation there. “The meeting was held in response to an earlier request made by the OIC secretary general to meet our ambassador. Our ambassador conveyed the need to correct some of the mis-perceptions about India that are perpetrated by vested interests in the OIC,” said MEA spokesperson Arindam Bagchi.

Asked about Pakistan’s claims related to the Lahore attack, he said the international community was well aware of Pakistan’s credentials when it comes to terrorism. “This is acknowledged by its own leadership, which continues to glorify terrorists like Osama Bin Laden as martyrs,” Bagchi said.

Pakistan’s national security adviser Moeed Yusuf had told reporters in Islamabad that the mastermind of the Lahore attack “is an Indian citizen” and he is associated with Research and Analysis Wing (RAW).

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