India should refrain from terror allegations against Pakistan: Qazi Khalilullah

ISLAMABAD: On Thursday Foreign Office spokesperson Qazi Khalilullah urged India to do away with the practice of creating “unsubstantiated terror allegations against Pakistan.”

The spokesman stated, “Such a practice undermines efforts to eliminate terrorism from the region in a collaborative manner.”

On occasion of speaking at the weekly FO briefing, Qazi stated that terrorism was not an issue for only India or Pakistan but a global problem that needs to be handled with joint cooperation.

He showed his hope that India would share its clues of the Samjhota Express attack investigations with Pakistan.

The spokesman also stated that to finalize the dates for foreign secretary level talks; both the states, India and Pakistan are in touch.

The spokesperson also added that Pakistan’s sacrifices in the war against terrorism have been gratified by the world community. He also added on the joint Indian-French statement on terrorism that was issued at the end of the visit by French President Francois Hollande to India.

Next round of the Quadrilateral Coordination Committee would be held in Islamabad on Feb 6 to discuss the road map for reconciliation in Afghanistan, Khalilullah said.

Khalilullah said that both Saudi Arabia and Iran have appreciated Pakistan’s role as a mediator to ease tensions between the two countries, refusing to comment on any media report regarding Pakistan’s mediation policy in the Middle East crisis.

‘Pakistan has sought details from India about IAF bomb incident’

The FO spokesman said, In New Delhi Pakistan had sought details from its high commission about dropping of bombs by the Indian Air Force (IAF) in Rajasthan, which is close to Pakistan.

“We have seen media reports about the incident and sought more details from the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi.”

Loud explosions were heard when IAF jets “accidentally dropped bombs” in Rajasthan’s Barmer district on Tuesday, According to reports in Indian media

There were also reports saying in the same area an IAF Sukhoi-30MKI fighter aircraft shot down a balloon-like suspicious object.

IAF officials said the object was shot down on Tuesday morning and was flying in from the western sector (implying Pakistani side).

An IAF spokesperson said at the time “Between 10:30am and 11am today, an unidentified balloon-shaped object was picked up by IAF radar. An IAF fighter was launched which intercepted the object and brought it down. Further investigation is under way.

The spokesperson in Jaipur stated that no one was hurt nor was any damage caused to the property in the area.