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All know who is upstreaming, downstreaming terror, says India

New Delhi

12-January-2015

Slamming Islamabad's allegation that India was using Afghanistan soil to carry out attacks on Pakistan, the government Monday said everyone knows "who is upstreaming and downstreaming terrorism".

"We all know who is upstreaming terrorism and who endeavours to downstream terrorism. It is certainly is not India," external affairs ministry spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said at a briefing.

"We all also know that the main threat to peace and security to Afghanistan comes from terrorism, and therefore don't be misled by those who intend to obscure the challenge that safe havens pose to peace and security in the region," he said.

The spokesperson's response came in the wake of Sartaj Aziz, adviser to Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on national security and foreign affairs, alleging that India was using Afghanistan soil to carry out attacks on Pakistan.

Speaking during a Dawn News programme, Aziz said: "India's stance has been non-cooperative since the formation of the (Narendra) Modi government."

He said the "Indian involvement" had reduced after Pakistan and Afghanistan stepped up cooperation and agreed not to let their territory be used to launch attacks on the other.

"The stance of the previous governments in India was subtle, but the Modi-led government said that if Pakistan is to maintain good ties with India, then it should compromise on Kashmir," he said.

He said India wanted resumption of dialogue on its own terms "which were not acceptable to Pakistan". - IANS