Reuters, June 23, Washington Following President Joe Biden’s meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the White House, where both leaders urged Pakistan to prevent its territory from being used as a base for extremist strikes, Pakistan on Friday criticized both the United States and India.
A joint statement from the United States and India was deemed “unwarranted, biased, and misleading” by Pakistan’s foreign ministry. It stated that the mention of Islamabad was “contrary to diplomatic norms.”
The ministry went on to say that the joint statement astonished it and that it has a “close counterterrorism association with the US.
India and Pakistan have had tense relations for a long time. India and Pakistan have combated three wars since gaining their independence from Britain in 1947, two of which were fought over Kashmir, a Himalayan territory with a majority of Muslims that both countries claim in full but only rule in part.
In a joint statement, the United States and India stated: “They (Biden and Modi) strongly condemned cross-border terrorism, the use of terrorist reps, and called on Pakistan to take quick action to ensure that no territory under its control is used for launching terrorist attacks.”
India, according to Pakistan’s foreign ministry, is using Islamabad’s alleged involvement in extremism to divert attention away from the conflict in Kashmir and India’s treatment of its minorities.
For years, Pakistan has been charged by New Delhi with launching militant strikes in India, notably the one in Mumbai in 2008 that claimed the lives of over 165 people.
In addition, India asserts that Pakistan has supported Islamist militants engaged in conflict with Indian security forces in Kashmir since the late 1980s. Pakistan disputes the charge and maintains that all it does is support Kashmiris who are attempting to achieve self-determination diplomatically and morally.
When New Delhi divided the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir into two federally administered areas in 2019, the state’s unique status was revoked. Pakistan claims the actions are unlawful and demands their reversal.
On Thursday, Biden extended a warm welcome to Modi and praised the defence and trade agreements their nations made to fend off China’s growing influence in the world.
In addition, Pakistan stated that it was “deeply concerned” about the proposed transfer of cutting-edge military technology to India, claiming that such actions would not assist bring about peace in South Asia.