Surgical strikes: 'Pak rejects PM Modi's remarks as 'false and baseless'

PM Modi at the 'Bharat Ki Baat, Sabke Saath' programme in London on Wednesday.

Pakistan on Thursday rejected as "false and baseless" Prime Minister Narendra Modi's remarks on the 'surgical strikes' across the Line of Control in 2016, saying "repeating a lie doesn't turn it into the truth."

Speaking at the 'Bharat Ki Baat, Sabke Saath' programme in London on Wednesday, Modi had said India waited to inform Pakistan about the operation before disclosing it to the media and the people.

"I said before India gets to know, we should call Pakistan and tell them. We were calling them since 11 AM but they were scared to come on the phone, at 12 we spoke to them and then told the Indian media," Modi had said.

Reacting to Prime Minister Modi's remarks, Pakistan Foreign Office spokesperson Mohammad Faisal said today India's claims about the "surgical strike were false and baseless".

"Repeating a lie doesn't turn it into the truth," the spokesperson was quoted as saying by 'Dawn'.

The spokesperson said that the threatening statements emanating from the top Indian leadership against Pakistan should be a matter of concern for the international community.

In response to Modi's comments on Pakistan exporting terrorism, Faisal claimed that it was the other way around and accused India of backing terrorists in Pakistan.

"Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav is proof of Indian state-sponsored terrorism," he alleged.

Jadhav, 47, was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of espionage and terrorism.

India moved the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in May last year against the verdict. The ICJ halted his execution on India's appeal pending the final verdict by it.

Pakistan claims its security forces arrested Jadhav from restive Balochistan province on March 3, 2016, after he reportedly entered from Iran.

However, India maintains that Jadhav was kidnapped from Iran where he had business interests after retiring from the Navy. Jadhav's sentencing had evoked a sharp reaction in India.

Responding to another question, the Foreign Office spokesperson said Pakistan has received the Indian rejoinder on Jadhav.

He said Pakistan will examine it and then submit its reply.

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