Pakistan condemns Indian CDS General Rawat's remarks about Kashmir, FATF

Pakistan condemns Indian CDS General Rawat's remarks about Kashmir, FATF

Islamabad (Web Desk): Pakistan has strongly condemned Indian Chief of Defense Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat's remarks about "deradicalisation camps" for Kashmiri children and seeking to place Pakistan on Financial Action Task Force (FATF) blacklist, the Radio Pakistan reported.

In a statement issued on Friday, Foreign Office (FO) Spokesperson Aisha Farooqui said Pakistan condemns the highly irresponsible remarks made by General Bipin Rawat, raising inter alia the usual Indian bogey of "terrorism", making the repugnant suggestion of putting young Kashmiri children in "de-radicalisation camps", and seeking to place Pakistan on FATF blacklist.

The FO statement said that the remarks by the Indian general were reflective of the “extremist mindset and bankrupt thinking” that have taken over the Indian state institutions.

The statement further said that as a perpetrator of unabated state-terrorism in occupied Kashmir, India is in no position to pontificate on the issue of terrorism.

The Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK) has already been turned into the world's largest prison camp with 8 million Kashmiris incarcerated there since 5 August last year.

The statement added that with over 900,000 Indian occupation forces perpetrating egregious violations of human rights; draconian laws such as Armed Forces Special Powers Act and Public Safety Act enabling them complete impunity; and over 13,000 young Kashmiri boys abducted from their homes and away from their families.

The spokesperson said General Rawat's talk of "deradicalisation camps" for Kashmiri children is simply despicable.

She further said General Rawat's remarks about FATF are proof of India's repeated attempts to politicise FATF's technical proceedings for advancing its narrow, partisan objectives.

"Pakistan has consistently sensitised the world community about India's malicious campaign in this regard. She expressed hope that the FATF members would reject these Indian machinations," Farooqui added.

The foreign office spokesperson urged the world community to take cognisance of the BJP government's desperate attempts to divert attention from the unacceptable situation in IOK.

"There is growing domestic protest against discriminatory laws and practices, and its unabashed animus towards India's minorities," she said.

The FO spokesperson called upon the global community to hold India accountable for its illegal actions.