Pak ups anti-India rhetoric; accuses "repression" in J&K
6 July 2001
The Hindustan Times
Islamabad: In a sudden outburst of anti-India rhetoric just a week before the Indo-Pak summit, Pakistan on Friday accused New Delhi of continuing its "repression" in Kashmir. Alleging "increase in incidents of rape and molestation of women by security forces", a statement issued by the foreign office said "the government of Pakistan calls upon the government of India to end its repression and fully respect the norms of international humanitarian law" in Jammu and Kashmir. "Despite warnings from international human rights groups, India continues to forcibly use civilians, including minors, for detection of mines in Kashmir in flagrant violation of the norms of international humanitarian law," it said. The statement comes a fortnight after Musharraf during a telephonic conversation with Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee had stressed the need for the two countries to avoid rhetoric in the run up to their summit meeting on July 15. It also came hours after Pakistan foreign office spokesman Riaz Mohammad Khan said that Hurriyat leaders would be invited at the reception on July 14 hosted by its high commission in New Delhi in honour of Musharraf, ignoring India's reservation on the issue.