India refutes Pak. claims of Russian mediation


India said the issue was being raked up by Pakistan for propaganda goal even as Islamabad did not fulfill its own obligation to first vacate the illegal occupation of Kashmir in the Pakistan-occupied Kashmir region.

India, today, said Russian Federation had not made any mediation offer to it to resolve Indo-Pak issues and asserted that Moscow was "well aware" of New Delhi's position of bilateral resolution of all such matters in a terror-free environment.

Earlier in the day, Pakistan's Foreign Office Spokesman Nafees Zakaria said that Russian Federation was willing to help ease tensions between New Delhi and Islamabad.

He said Pakistan is affected by instability in Afghanistan more than any other country.

Talking about ties with Russia, Zakarai said Pakistan- Russia relation was following a positive trajectory. Both sides have signed defence agreement, held joint military exercises and Russian Federation is investing $2 billion in the South-North gas pipeline project.

Zakaria, as per a report by The Express Tribune, said there was growing realisation and concern among regional countries as well as the United States of the threat to peace in the region due to India's unprovoked firing along the Line of Control and the Working Boundary.

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Meanwhile, Zakaria said, following Pakistan's June 14 triumph against England, reaching the final of the ICC Champions Trophy, Indian security forces beat Kashmiris brutally, broke into their shops and looted their goods for celebrating the much-needed win.

In a detailed note later on Thursday evening, Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the Russian position regarding Indo-Pak dialogue remains "unchanged".

He pointed out that Indian troops had, so far, martyred over 25 Kashmiris and injured another over 200, using pellet guns in the disputed valley, in a complete disrespect for the month of Ramzan. "Pakistan has also effectively taken up violations of Kashmiris' rights and Indian atrocities in occupied Kashmir at the ongoing 35th session of Human Rights Council in Geneva", he added.

According to them, the "offer" was part of the conversation between Nawaz Sharif and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Astana on the sidelines of the SCO summit.

Meanwhile, Russia and Pakistan-which served as an ally of the USA during the Cold War years and seen as having played a pivotal role in the defeat of then Soviet Red Army in Afghanistan-conducted their first ever bilateral military exercise in Pakistan in September. The adviser said that China was ready to mediate a rapprochement between Afghanistan and Pakistan and for this objective China's foreign minister will undertake visits to Kabul and Islamabad in the current month. "The OBOR is a connectivity and economic development initiative that aims to connect Asia with Europe and later Africa", he said. "You are well aware of the strength of this relationship".

Zakaria also criticised the Indian government's move to create hurdles for Sikh pilgrims who wished to attend the Jor festival in Pakistan.