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India-US statement violates diplomatic norms, says Pakistan

The joint statement had called upon Pakistan to ensure that its territory was not used to launch terror attacks on other countries.

India TV News Desk Edited by: India TV News Desk
New Delhi Updated on: September 13, 2018 23:46 IST
Pakistani Foreign Spokesperson Muhammad Faisal

Pakistani Foreign Spokesperson Muhammad Faisal

Taking strong offence to the “unwarranted” reference against it in the joint statement issued following the 2+2 India-US dialogue in New Delhi last week, Pakistan on Thursday claimed it violated diplomatic norms.

The joint statement had called upon Pakistan to ensure that its territory was not used to launch terror attacks on other countries.

Talking to the media persons, Pakistani Foreign Spokesperson Muhammad Faisal said that Islamabad has conveyed its position on this matter to Washington.

"Pakistan rejects the baseless allegations. We have also conveyed our position to the US side,” he said.

"Mentioning a 'third country' with unsubstantiated accusations in a formal outcome document is inconsistent with established diplomatic norms.

"What is more ironic is that many other thorny issues involving the 'third country' were avoided in the joint statement by the Indian side," the spokesperson said.

He added that the trial of the Pakistanis said to be involved in the 2008 Mumbai terror attack was ongoing in an anti-terrorism court in Pakistan and "the judicial process shall take its course".

Faisal asked the US to also focus similarly on what he said was "Indian state terrorism" in Jammu and Kashmir.

Responding to a question, Faisal said: "Pakistan is always ready for talks with India for resolution of all outstanding disputes and both the countries are in contact with each other through Track II diplomacy."

(With IANS inputs)

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