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The Government of Pakistan categorically rejects the baseless allegations made by Mr. Rajnath Singh, Home Minister of India, in the Parliament, today. Pakistan regrets the unsubstantiated and unwarranted assertion that those involved in the Gurdaspur incident of 27 July, had entered India from Pakistan. Pakistan believes that Home Minister’s provocative comments are a threat to peace and security of the region.

We have noted with concern a continuing tendency of India to cast blame on Pakistan for any terrorist incident in India. In the Gurdaspur incident, blames were apportioned to Pakistan in the Indian media, even when the encounter with terrorists was still going on.

Immediately after the Gurdaspur incident, the Government of Pakistan had issued a statement expressing condemnation “in the strongest terms” of the attack in Gurdaspur.

Pakistan condemns terrorism in all its forms and manifestations. Terrorism is a common enemy of both Pakistan and India. To tackle terrorism, a cooperative approach is required. Blame game, and finger-pointing would be unhelpful.

We urge the Government of India to refrain from casting baseless allegations and work with Pakistan to eliminate terrorism from the region and create an environment of peace and amity in South Asia. If Government of India has any concrete evidence in this case, same may be shared with Government of Pakistan.

30 July 2015

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