Pakistan says allegations that it supports a 'proxy war' in Kashmir are harmful to India-Pakistan relations
ISLAMABAD – Pakistan on Wednesday said allegations that it sponsored terrorism in disputed Kashmir, made by India's prime minister, were "baseless rhetoric."
Foreign office spokeswoman Tasnim Aslam said in a statement that 55,000 Pakistani citizens have been killed by terrorism, making it "the biggest victim of the menace."
"The entire world has, time and again, acknowledged Pakistan's unprecedented sacrifices," the statement said. "The press reports of Indian accusations, at the highest political level, are most unfortunate, especially as the leadership of Pakistan wishes to establish good neighborly relations with India."
Aslam added that Pakistan's armed forces remained ready to defend the country's borders and thwart any threat of aggression.
On Tuesday, India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi accused Pakistan of involvement in violence in Kashmir, a region the countries have fought three wars over since 1947.
"The neighboring country has lost the strength to fight a conventional war, but continues to engage in the proxy war of terrorism," Modi said in a speech at a military base in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir.
On Tuesday, India's Ministry of Home Affairs also released a statement saying it would not be withdrawing its military presence in the region despite a significant reduction in militancy -- from up to 7,000 fighters in the 1990s to 200 in 2014.
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