Safety guards stand exterior the Ministry of Overseas Affairs in Islamabad. — AFP

Pakistan has taken an exception to the assertion of Indian Dwelling Minister Amit Shah, threatening Pakistan of conducting a surgical strike towards it, the Ministry of Overseas Affairs mentioned on Thursday.

“Pakistan condemns in strongest phrases the irresponsible and provocative assertion reportedly made by the Indian dwelling minister, threatening with so-called “surgical strikes” in Pakistan,” mentioned a press release issued by the MOFA. 

The MOFA has termed the feedback of the Indian minister as “delusional”, saying that such statements “solely additional display the inclination of BJP-RSS union to fire up regional tensions.

“This delusional assertion solely goes to additional display the BJP-RSS mix’s propensity to stoke regional tensions for each ideological causes and political expediency, based mostly on enmity in direction of Pakistan,” learn the assertion.

It mentioned that these statements function “smokescreens to divert world consideration from India’s state-terrorism and systematic human rights violations in Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir, and towards Muslims and different minorities in India”.

The ministry went on to say that Pakistan, which is a “peace-loving nation” has repeatedly drawn the eye of the worldwide group to India’s “sinister designs of staging false flag” operations to implicate Pakistan and Kashmiris.

The ministry reminded of Pakistan’s motion within the 2019 India–Pakistan standoff, what it referred to as “India’s Balakot misadventure”, saying that no effort shall be spared on Pakistan’s finish to “thwart any aggressive designs”.

“Pakistan’s swift response to India’s Balakot misadventure in 2019, together with the downing of Indian fight plane in Azad Kashmir and seize of Indian Air Power pilot Abhinandan Varthman, absolutely demonstrated the desire, capability and preparedness of our armed forces to discourage Indian aggression,” the MOFA assertion mentioned.

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