India on Friday (June 5, 2020) called Pakistan a “nerve centre” of terrorism and issued a rebuttal to Pakistan’s claim that the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has misrepresented the United Nations Analytical Support and Sanctions Monitoring Team’s report.
MEA spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said that Pakistan`s leadership has gone on record to acknowledge that terrorists have used their country`s soil to carry out terror attacks on other countries.
“Instead of casting aspersions on the (UN) report, Pakistan should introspect and put an end to any kind of support for terrorism emanating from territories under its control. UN and the international community is well acquainted with the reality that Pakistan is the nerve centre of terrorism,” Srivastava said.
“Pakistan`s Ministry of Foreign Affairs would do well to recall that their Prime Minister admitted last year that Pakistan hosts 30,000-40,000 terrorists. Pakistan`s leadership is on record acknowledging that in past terrorists used the country`s soil to carry out terror attacks on other countries,” he said.
In 2019, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan made the revelation while speaking at the US Institute of Peace in Washington. He had said that his country still has about 30,000 to 40,000 terrorists “who have been trained and fought in some part of Afghanistan or Kashmir”.
Srivastava was responding to media queries on a press release by Pakistan`s Foreign Office released on June 4.