Pakistan army accuses India of supporting terrorism

Pakistani commanders talks about alleged involvement of India’s main intelligence agency in “whipping up” terrorism

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Top Pakistani military officials have accused India's main intelligence agency of whipping up terrorism in Pakistan after a meeting of the army's top commanders at the military's headquarters in the city of Rawalpindi.

The rare rebuke against the nuclear-armed neighbor directly accuses India's spy agency in an official statement.

In the statement, the army said "the conference also took serious notice of RAW's involvement in whipping up terrorism in Pakistan," referring to India's Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), its external intelligence arm.

Pakistan's Defence Minister Khawaja Asif has also described RAW as "an enemy organisation" and said "it was created to destroy Pakistan and it cannot be taken lightly" during a talk in Pakistan's Geo TV.

Pakistan and India often accuse each other of supporting militants who are operating in their countries. Pakistan believes India is especially supporting separatists in the Baluchistan province, while India says Islamabad supports fighters in India-held Kashmir.

According to a Pakistani official, the commanders who met in Rawalpindi had discussed "India's involvement in the Baluchistan insurgency." He told Reuters  "they have documentary proof and all the evidence" that they will disclose soon.

Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif made improving relations with India a priority after he won the elections in 2013, but last month he accused India of failing to respond to Pakistan's desire for good relations.

The neighbours have fought three wars since 1947, two of them over the divided Muslim-majority region of Kashmir.

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