India slams Pak for remarks on J and K

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New Delhi, Aug 13 (UNI) India today slammed Pakistan, third time since August 7, for its remarks on Jammu and Kashmir, describing these as ''illegal and gratuitous,'' and asked Islamabad to ''desist forthwith'' from the course of action they (Pakistani leaders) have embarked upon.

In a strongly-worded statement on the comments made by Pakistani leaders, the External Affairs Ministry described as ''deeply objectionable'' the series of remarks by the official spokesman and leaders in Pakistan on recent events in Jammu and Kashmir.

The statement said said India was witnessing a recurrence of Pakistani rhetoric and allegations that are factually wrong.

The remarks (by Pakistan) reflected reversion to a mindset that had led to no good consequences for Pakistan in the past, the External Affairs Ministry said in the statement.

The statement warned that it was not too late for Pakistani leaders to desist from making such statements and urged them to do so forthwith.

''We are witnessing a recurrence of Pakistani rhetoric and allegations that are factually wrong and that bear no relationship to reality. To call for international involvement in the sovereign internal affairs of India is gratuitous, illegal and only reflects reversion to a mindset that has led to no good consequences for Pakistan in the past.

It is not too late for Pakistani leaders and spokesmen to desist from the course of action that they have recently embarked upon, and we would urge them to do so forthwith,'' the External Affairs Ministry said.

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