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Pakistan says ISI not fomenting militancy in India

Iran Press TV

Thu Jun 6, 2013 2:30PM GMT

Pakistan has vehemently dismissed accusations that its Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) was fomenting militancy across the border with India.

"Pakistan rejects those remarks accusing us and implicating one of our government agencies for fomenting terror in Indian Punjab," Pakistan's Foreign Ministry spokesman Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry said in a statement on Thursday.

Chaudhry added that such allegations could hinder the process of normalization of ties between the two countries.

On Wednesday, Indian Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde accused ISI of trying to recruit militants in Punjab and several other parts of India.

"The Sikh youths are being trained in ISI facilities in Pakistan," said the Indian minister in New Delhi, adding, "There has been some significant developments on the Sikh militancy front."

The minister claimed that Sikh youths living in the United States and Europe were also being encouraged to travel to Pakistan to be trained for terrorist-related attacks.

"Such a statement in our view is uncalled for and regrettable. We feel that making such statement has the potential of undermining the efforts made by both sides to normalize the relations between the two countries," the statement read.

Indian officials say Sikh separatists based outside India are trying to revive militancy in the state of Punjab.

New Delhi armed forces battled a bloody uprising by Sikh secessionists in Punjab in the 1980s.

India has repeatedly accused its neighbor and arch-rival of some degree of involvement in attacks in its major cities in recent years.

Pakistan, which has firmly denied allegations of involvement, has asked India to share intelligence instead of blaming Islamabad.

JR/KA



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