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Pakistan says it has evidence of India sponsoring terrorist attacks

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Pakistan on Saturday unveiled a dossier containing what is called an "irrefutable evidence" of India's sponsorship of terrorism in the country and called on the international community to take notice and make efforts for peace and stability in South Asia.

In a joint press conference with Inter-Services (Army) Public Relations (ISPR) Director General Major General Babar Iftikhar in Islamabad, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi condemned the recent ceasefire violations by India across the Line of Control (LoC).

Pakistan and India routinely accuse each other of targeting the other, but this was a rare time that Pakistani officials said they had prepared a mountain of evidence to back up the charges against their South Asian rival, according to the Associated Press.

The foreign minister said Pakistanis had faced 19,130 terrorist attacks between 2001 and 2020 and suffered more than 83,000 casualties in the war against terrorism. The country also suffered monetary losses of at least $126 billion.

In the last three to four months, [people] may have felt that terrorism was being fanned in the nation again, he said, citing recent attacks in Peshawar and Quetta as examples.

"Today, the Indian intelligence agencies are patronising banned outfits that are against Pakistan. Organisations like Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA) and Jamaatul Ahrar (JuA). These organisations were defeated by Pakistan, they were flushed out of the country, [now India] is trying to breathe life into them again. They are being supplied ammunition and IEDs (improvised explosive devices) and are being provoked to target ulema, notables, and police officials."

Qureshi said India, in August of this year, united breakaway factions of the TTP Hizbul Ahrar (HuA) and JuA and that India was constantly trying to establish a consortium between TTP, BLA, BLF (Balochistan Liberation Front) and BRA (Baloch Republican Army) as part of its "grand design".

"We have irrefutable evidence that RAW and DIA their intelligence agencies are financing terrorism in Pakistan and training terrorists, harboring them and taking practical steps to promote terrorism," he added.

He said India had four objectives: putting obstacles in Pakistan's progress towards peace, economic instability, creating chaos and political instability in the country.

The foreign minister said a clear correlation could be seen between the announcement of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and terrorist attacks in Balochistan.

Last month, seven soldiers and seven private security guards were killed as an encounter took place between security forces and terrorists on the Coastal Highway near Ormara when a convoy of Oil Company was being escorted from Gwadar to Karachi.

For decades, Pakistan has accused India of meddling in Balochistan and its separatist insurgency.

Tellingly, in February 2014, just three months before he was appointed India's national security advisor, Ajit Doval tacitly acknowledged this. "You do one more Mumbai, you lose Balochistan," he said. Doval was referring to Pakistan's alleged involvement in the 2008 Mumbai attacks, which killed over 172 people and injured over 300.

In August 2016, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said : "The time has come when Pakistan shall have to answer to the world for the atrocities committed by it against people in Baluchistan."

Not surprisingly, in March 2016 Kulbhushan Sudhir Yadav, an Indian intelligence officer, was arrested from a compound in Mashkel, in Balochistan, in an area not far from Iranian border.

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