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Pakistan not 'serious' about dialogue offer, trying to mainstream terror: India

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

slammed on Friday for its statement that was not responding to its peace overtures, saying there was "no seriousness" in Islamabad's offer for talks as it continued to extend "explicit support" to terror organisations and was now trying to mainstream them.

India's sharp reaction comes days after Pakistan's accused it of not responding to his peace overtures.

Responding to Khan's comments, said, "I don't understand these statements. Even before became Prime Minister, our had called and congratulated him on his election win."

and also wrote to their counterparts and congratulated them after they assumed office, he said at a

Kumar also posed questions to to hit out at the country for supporting terrorism and allowing terrorists to use its soil for targeting other nations.

"When they say they are ready for talks, then why do their ministers share platform with internationally designated terrorists. There have been many instances in the past few months when their ministers have shared a platform with such people," Kumar said.

He cited some instances such as Pakistan's Noor-ul-Haq Qadri sharing a public platform with Jamaat-ud-Dawah (JuD) chief on September 30 where both of them made "vitriolic" anti-statements and the terror organisation opening centres in Pakistan-occupied

In December, Pakistan's met representatives of the JuD terrorist organisation and openly pledged support to them, Kumar said.

"If is ready for talks then why no action has been taken against terrorists involved in the and terrorist attacks. Always the matter is brushed aside after talks," he said.

JuD and (FIF) are no longer on the list of proscribed organisations after an ordinance banning them lapsed, he said.

"It is clear that the explicit support that banned organisations used to get from Pakistan is still continuing. There has been no change in that," he asserted.

The more serious thing is that they are trying to mainstream terror organisations, Kumar said.

wants to deflect attention from its own financial problems and it is doing that by giving statements about other countries, he said.

"So this statement that they want to have talks, there is no seriousness in it and this should be backed up by some action," the said.

On Khan's statement on treatment of minorities in India, Kumar said, "Pakistan should be the last country in the world to lecture us on the topic of plurality and inclusive society. We and the world are fully aware how the minorities are treated in their country.

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First Published: Fri, January 11 2019. 15:45 IST