'Pak has no locus standi on Handwara incident'

'Pak has no locus standi on Handwara incident'

'Pak has no locus standi on Handwara incident'

 India on Friday strongly rebuffed Pakistan’s comment on the molestation of a girl at Handwara in Jammu and Kashmir and the death of civilians in firing by security forces over the incident.

Calling Pakistan “an epicentre of global terrorism” and referring to regular persecution of religious minorities in the neighbouring country, New Delhi said that Islamabad had no locus standi in commenting on incidents in Jammu and Kashmir.

“India’s robust and vibrant democracy has enough redress mechanisms to handle such cases. The entire state of J&K is an integral part of India. Pakistan has no locus standi in commenting on matters that are entirely internal to the state of J&K and India,” said Vikas Swarup, official spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs. 

A spokesman of the Pakistan government’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs recently conveyed concerns over the incident at Handwara.

“We do not need lectures from third parties, least of all from Pakistan, which would do well to reflect upon the state it finds itself in, as an epicentre of global terrorism and a country where religious minorities are routinely persecuted,” Swarup said on Friday, responding to the remarks by his counterpart in Pakistan.

New Delhi also cited the reports about purported remarks by Rana Sanaullah, a minister in the provincial government of Punjab in Pakistan. Sanaullah told a TV channel that Pakistan could not act against terrorists as they were linked to the government agencies.
“How can you prosecute a group which is involved with the state?” said Sanaullah.

New Delhi said Sanaullah’s remarks “sadly” corroborated the view that India always held about the support and freedom available to anti-India terrorist groups in Pakistan, including internationally sanctioned terrorist groups and individuals.

“His (Sanaullah) remarks also elucidate the reason for lack of effective action even against those entities and individuals against whom Pakistan has international obligation to act,” the spokesperson said.

“It is up to authorities in Pakistan to address this unfortunate reality in the interest of a normal relationship between our two countries and in broader interest of Pakistan,” he said.