In the backdrop of tensions with India over February 14 Pulwama attack, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday assured the world that Pakistani soil will not be used for carrying out terrorist strikes in other countries. Addressing a public a rally at Chachro in southern Sindh province near border, Khan accused his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi of resorting to the "politics of hatred" and beating war drums just to win the coming Lok Sabha elections scheduled to be held in May this year.
"The politics of hatred, dividing people for votes, is easy politics. This is the politics of Narendra Modi. Divide humans, spread hatred and when a leader starts this, the workers under him do what we saw happened to the Kashmiris in India after Pulwama," Khan said referring to a series of attacks on Kashmiris across the country.
India has long been accusing Islamabad of providing safe haven to terror groups and using them to carry out attacks in the country. On Thursday, India’s permanent representative to the United Nations Rajiv Chander had lashed out at Pakistan, accusing it of using terrorism as an "instrument of state policy".
"The central problem is cross-border terrorism and Pakistan’s use of terrorism as an instrument of state policy. This fact needs due recognition," Chander said at the 40th session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva.
Facing international pressure and the risk of being blacklisted by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) for failing to curb terror financing, Pakistan on Monday announced a new crackdown against UN proscribed terrorist groups and seized as many as 182 religious schools run by them and detained more than 120 people.