ISLAMABAD: Pakistan told Indian politicians on Tuesday that they should stop “dragging” it into their own elections and should be very careful when dealing with important strategic issues.

Foreign Office Spokesperson Mumtaz Zahra Baloch speaks during the weekly briefing in ISLAMABAD, November 02, 2023. PHOTO: ANADOLU AGENCY

When asked by the media about recent comments made by the Indian prime minister, external affairs minister, and other cabinet members about Pakistan, Mumtaz Zahra Baloch, a spokesperson for the Foreign Office, said, “We call on the international community to take note of Indian leadership’s hostile rhetoric, which poses a grave threat to regional peace and stability.”

The FO spokesman said that an alarming rise in anti-Pakistan speech from Indian leaders was happening at the same time as the Lok Sabha election campaign.

Mumtaz said that Pakistan did not agree with these careless remarks, which were made about a lot of different issues, such as the Jammu and Kashmir dispute, attempts to fight terrorism, the current state of relations between the two countries, and nuclear weapons.

“Unfortunately, these comments show an unhealthy and long-lasting fixation on Pakistan and a clear intention to use hyper-nationalism for political gain.” “They also show a desperate attempt to divert attention from the growing criticism in the United States and around the world,” she said.

“Indian leaders’ bravado and patriotism show a careless and extreme way of thinking.” India’s ability to be a good caretaker of its strategic power is called into question by this way of thinking.

That being said, she went on to say that Pakistan’s strategic potential was meant to protect its sovereignty and territorial integrity.

“Pakistan has also shown it is ready to defend itself in the past, and it won’t think twice about doing so again if the Indian side decides to go on a bad adventure.”

A spokesman for the FO said that Islamabad had revealed details of New Delhi’s campaign of extrajudicial and transnational killings in Pakistan just a few months ago.

She also said that India’s repeated claims that it was ready to resort to violence in Pakistan were akin to admitting fault.

“Regarding the hurtful talk about Azad Jammu and Kashmir, we say again that India’s false claims are not supported by history, the law, morality, or the ground reality.”

“Jammu and Kashmir is still a disputed territory recognised by the rest of the world, and the relevant UN Security Council resolutions make it clear that the final decision must come from a vote held under UN auspices.”

This is the truth, no matter how much India says otherwise. So, India should focus on putting these goals into action instead of daydreaming about how great it would be.

That person made it clear that the goal of peace, progress, and wealth in South Asia could only come true if all ongoing conflicts, including Jammu and Kashmir, were settled peacefully and people stopped fighting and started working together.