Pakistan accuses India of planning an attack to move attention away from border dispute with China

Pakistan accuses India of planning an attack to move attention away from border dispute with China

On Wednesday June 24th, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi urged India to halt all schemes of attacking Islamabad and claimed that if plans proceeded Pakistan would be ready to respond with full force.

Qureshi stated in Geo Pakistan “India’s mood is clear as it wants to divert attention from its border dispute with China to Pakistan.” He also suggested that India was alleging Pakistan of certain acts in order to find any excuse to start a dispute. He did not further elaborate on these claims.

“The Opposition in India is raising questions that their government can’t answer”, he said to the same source, making a reference to the recent public criticism made towards Modi’s government due to their reaction when 20 Indian solider were killed in the attack in the Galwan valley.

The tension between the two Southern Asian counties escalate as both nations continuously accuse the other government of violating the international accords of diplomatic relations. This piles on to the ongoing conflict in the disputed region of Kashmir.

On Tuesday June 23rd, India released a statement demanding the reduction of personnel in the Pakistani Embassy situated in New Delhi. This plea followed several accusations made towards the staff of the High Commission claiming that they had engaged in “espionage and maintained dealings with terrorist organizations”. India announced that they plan to do the same with their representatives situated in Islamabad stating that they have also been violently targeted.

Earlier, Pakistan Authorities had announced that two drivers for the Indian High commission were detained after they hit a civilian and left the scene. The local government proceeded release the two and hand them to the Indian government.

The relationship between the two has been significantly hostile since last year when Pakistan announced that they had shot down two Indian defense aircrafts in the border region of Kashmir.

The Indian government has yet to respond on these new accusations.

Sophie Velloso

Sophie Velloso is studying International Relations at Richmond the American International University in London. She is focusing her studies in the areas of transnational public affairs. She has an interest in geopolitics, international security, and sustainable development.