India denies Pakistan’s allegations of funding militant groups

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By Alasdair Pal

NEW DELHI, Nov. 15 (Reuters) – India on Sunday denied allegations by its main rival Pakistan that New Delhi had helped fund militant groups on Pakistani soil, a Foreign Ministry spokesman calling them “made” and “products of the imagination”.

Pakistan’s foreign minister said on Saturday that the country would present its evidence to the United Nations and other international bodies. A desperate attempt will find few takers as the international community is aware of Pakistan’s tactics, ”Indian Foreign Ministry spokesman Anurag Srivastava said in a statement.

He added that Pakistan itself is funding militants – an allegation Islamabad also denies.

Neighbors with nuclear weapons – who have fought three wars since both gained independence from British colonial power – have long accused themselves of equipping insurgents.

But Saturday’s announcement by the foreign minister and the Pakistani military at a press conference in the capital Islamabad provided heightened detail and specific accusations.

They said they obtained documents showing that New Delhi had met and funded members of the Pakistani Taliban, as well as Baluch insurgent groups in the southern province of Balochistan who claimed responsibility for attacks against Chinese interests in connection with of a Chinese sabotage effort. Pakistan Belt and Road Investment Plan of $ 65 billion.

India, meanwhile, has long claimed that Pakistan founded, trained and funded secessionist militant groups operating in the Kashmir Valley, a Himalayan region claimed by both countries but administered by New Delhi.

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