January 2003 News

Pak rejects US official's remarks on infiltration in J&K

30 January 2003
The Hindustan Times
Agence France-Presse

Islamabad: Pakistan on Thursday rejected remarks by a US State Department official that militant incursions into Jammu and Kashmir were still continuing.'We have already made it clear that no such infiltration is taking place and the claim by an (American) official who is not ready to disclose his identity cannot be accurate,' foreign ministry spokesman Aziz Ahmed Khan said.A State Department official, speaking on condition of anonymity said in Washington on Wednesday that Islamic militants were still crossing the Line of Control (LoC).'It is happening and it is not being stopped, and this is the main concern,' the official said after Pakistani Foreign Minister Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri met Secretary of State Colin Powell.Khan said, 'Pakistan's stand is very clear and categorical that the Line of Control should be monitored by the UN observers... to verify these claims.'These infiltration claims are just absurd and are made from time to time and we reject them.


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