‘Balakot-re­boot claim bid to shift fo­cus from J&K’

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times Nation - Omer Fa­rooq Khan

Is­lam­abad: Is­lam­abad re­jected on Tues­day Army chief Gen­eral Bipin Rawat’s claim that the Balakot ter­ror camp has been re­ac­ti­vated. Balakot, in Pak­istan’s north­west, is the town where IAF struck at ter­ror fa­cil­i­ties in Fe­bru­ary.

Pak­istan termed Rawat’s state­ment and “In­dian al­le­ga­tions of ‘in­fil­tra­tion’” an at­tempt to divert global at­ten­tion from the “hu­man­i­tar­ian night­mare” in Kash­mir, said Dr Muham­mad Faisal, a spokesman for the Pak­istani ex­ter­nal af­fairs min­istry.

Pak­istan’s army too re­acted, say­ing that Rawat’s ac­cu­sa­tions were a pre­text for a false flag op­er­a­tion which, “if tried, shall have se­ri­ous con­se­quences for peace”.

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