ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Wednesday said that India was leveling allegations against staff of Pakistani High Commission in New Delhi based on bigotry and deceits and looking excuses for False Flag operation against Pakistan.
In a statement, he said Pakistan will also reduce the Indian High Commission’s staff strength by 50 percent as a counter measure if India reduces 50 percent staff of Pakistan High Commission.
He said Pakistan will not remain silent on Indian allegations and will respond in befitting manner.
The Foreign Minister said India was trying to save its face after embarrassing defeat from China.
He said about 120 million Indian people lost their jobs due to coronavirus and India is looking for some excuses to divert attention from the situation.
Pakistan has categorically rejected and strongly condemned the baseless allegations made by the Indian Ministry of External Affairs as a pretext to seek 50 percent reduction in staff strength of the High Commission for Pakistan in New Delhi.
Foreign Office Spokesperson Aisha Farooqui, in a statement, said Pakistan completely dismisses allegations of any violation of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations by the officials of the High Commission for Pakistan in New Delhi and reiterates that they always function within the parameters of international law and diplomatic norms.
The Indian Chargé d’ Affaires in Islamabad was summoned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to convey Pakistan’s rejection and condemnation of the baseless Indian allegations.
The Spokesperson said India would be better advised to focus on its internal and external issues, rather than creating diversions at the cost of peace and stability in South Asia.