NEW DELHI :
India on Thursday warned Pakistan of consequences if Islamabad tries to undermine the unity, sovereignty and territorial integrity of India, or encourage individuals associated with terrorism or other anti-India activities.
The comments by Indian foreign ministry spokesman Raveesh Kumar came a day after New Delhi summoned Pakistan’s high commissioner Sohail Mehmood to register India’s strong protest at Pakistan foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi telephoning Hurriyat leader Mirwaiz Umer Farooq earlier this week. Qureshi briefed Farooq about the steps taken by Pakistan to highlight human rights violations in Kashmir, according to media reports.
“If such action by Pakistan, which undermines the unity and territorial integrity of India, is repeated, it will have consequences," Kumar said. “I am not at liberty to spell out the contours of those consequences from this forum," the spokesperson said.
Kumar’s comments indicate that India has ratcheted up the pressure on Pakistan. This is more so as the foreign ministry had said late on Wednesday that Pakistan had been made aware of possible “implications" if Islamabad persisted with such behaviour.
India’s warning followed a statement from Pakistan on Thursday rejecting India’s objections and stating that it would continue to support the so-called freedom struggle in Kashmir.
When asked if India had raised the issue of Qureshi addressing an event in the Britain’s House of Commons on Kashmir, Kumar said Britain was aware of India’s sensitivities on the matter. “As a friendly country and a strategic partner, we hope that the government of the UK will address the concerns we have expressed and act on them."