India on Thursday dismissed Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan's reported call for global intervention to prevent a showdown between "two nuclear-armed countries", saying that Islamabad’s efforts would be better spent in taking verifiable action against terror groups on its territory than trying to "distract" the global community.
Indian foreign ministry spokesman Raveesh Kumar said there was "nothing new" in what Khan had said at the World Economic Forum meet in the Swiss resort town of Davos earlier this week.
"His remarks suggest that he is desperate and rapidly losing hope. The global community can now see through their double standards. While they pretend to be victims of terrorism on the one hand, they foster extremists who spread terrorism in India and other countries on the other," Kumar said.
Khan in a series of interviews over the past few days has been urging international powers -- including the United Nations and the United States -- to help de-escalate tensions between India and Pakistan before things get to a point of no return. "You cannot have two nuclear-armed countries even contemplating a conflict," he said. There was every possibility of India trying to raise tensions at the border to "divert attention from domestic issues" such as protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act, he said.
According to Kumar, not only were Khan’s comments contradictory and inaccurate, “but also demonstrate a growing sense of frustration."
“If Pakistan is indeed serious for a peaceful and normal relationship with India as he claims, the onus is on Pakistan to create a conducive atmosphere. They have to take credible, irreversible and verifiable action against terror groups operating from its soil rather than making misleading and alarmist statements to divert the attention of international community," he said.
The World Economic Forum was not an appropriate platform to discuss such issues.
Among the demands made by the Pakistan Prime Minister was the positioning of a UN Military Observer Group along the line of control between the two countries.
During his meet with Khan on Tuesday, US President Donald Trump had repeated his offer to mediate between India and Pakistan on Kashmir. "We are talking about Kashmir and with relation to what's going on with Pakistan and India. If we can help, we certainly will be helping. We have been watching it and following it very, very closely," he said.
Tensions between India and Pakistan have been high since last February when suicide bomber belonging to the Pakistan based Jaish e Mohammed group killed 40 Indian paramilitary personnel. New Delhi bombed a terrorist training camp in Pakistan to which Islamabad retaliated to, ordering an air raid against military installations in Kashmir. India repulsed the attack.
Tensions mounted once again after India revoked a temporary provision in its constitution that gave special status to Kashmir. New Delhi also bifurcated the region into two union territories, directly administered by New Delhi. An incensed Pakistan highlighted what it called human rights violations in Kashmir — pointing to New Delhi’s moved to curb internet and communications including mobile phone calls, detaining Kashmiri politicians and placing restrictions on the movement of people. Many of the curbs in place have been rolled back though some remain. The US ambassador to India, Kenneth Juster, was among a group of 15 diplomats who visited Srinagar and Jammu earlier this month.