New Delhi: Despite widespread censure from around the world pertaining to the recent Uri attack where 18 Indian soldiers were martyred, Pakistan has asserted that it has no involvement in the Uri attack and said that the unrest in Kashmir is the root cause of the problem.
Pakistan’s envoy to India, Abdul Basit, while speaking in an interview, said that it was the encounter of Hizbul Mujahideen Commander Burhan Wani which triggered unrest across the Valley, leading to the spill of violent attacks against the Indian Army.
“We are in a tough place, but we are not thinking in war terms. War is not a solution, war creates more problems. We should not allow war hysteria to dominate our discourse. We have to be mature. We can perhaps afford not to talk to each other for some time, but addressing our many challenges can only happen through dialogue and peaceful means. I hope we are able to retrieve the ground diplomatically. I am a diplomat and an optimist. I hope diplomacy wins,” said Basit.
Basit said that Pakistan had no clue whatsoever about who carried out the terror attack and exclaimed that Pakistan did not allow terrorists on its territories. “We do not know, we do not know. We are committed to not allowing our territory to be used for violence anywhere in the world. This is what I iterated to your foreign secretary when I was called in the other day,” he said.
Elaborating on why the encounter of Burhan Wani mattered in the equation, the Pakistan envoy said, “It is not about Burhan Wani, it is about Kashmir,” Basit repeatedly emphasised. “To fix everything now on Burhan Wani is of no help. The way Kashmiris came out for his funeral and what has been happening thereafter is serious and spontaneous. What is happening in Kashmir tells us how important it is for us to deal with this problem. You cannot brush Kashmir under the carpet, the people of Jammu and Kashmir have to be given the right to determine their future at some point. We cannot ignore what is happening.”
Jammu and Kashmir is witnessing violent unrests after the encounter of Hizbul Mujahideen Commander Burhan Wani.