ISLAMABAD - Pakistan yesterday said Indian negative attitude at and before the recent Heart of Asia conference was unacceptable.

Addressing a weekly news briefing here, Foreign Office Spokesman Nafees Zakaria said India had created negativity even before the HoA conference started.

“India created a negative atmosphere much before the conference. This distracted people’s attention from real purpose of the conference (peace in Afghanistan). We deeply regret this Indian attitude. It did not serve the purpose of the conference for which it was held,” he said.

He said India wanted to damage Pakistan’s reputation. “We have said all along as to why is India doing this, and why India is obsessed and hell-bent on maligning Pakistan at every given instance, especially where Pakistan is not even present on the occasion. We have seen in the Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) meeting how India tried to spoil the atmosphere of the conference, but it was not appreciated by other BRICS members. Same was the case with HoA Conference. None but one member appreciated negative attitude,” he said.

Zakaria recalled when Adviser to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz came back from Amritsar, he addressed a news conference and shared the details of his visit.

“The Advisor briefed the media how India treated the delegation in the name of security. There were earlier indications that they weren’t much concerned about the real objective of the meeting,” he said.

Sartaj Aziz was not allowed to speak to the media on the sidelines of the HoA conference last week and the members of the delegation complained against the attitude of Indian security officials.

At the HoA conference, Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani blasted Pakistan for allegedly failing to contain terrorism while India repeated its allegations.

Zakaria said Pakistan had termed Afghanistan President’s speech as regrettable as “we have been making efforts for Afghanistan peace and will continue to support efforts for peace.”

He said Pakistan had been doing everything for taking action against terrorists and militant groups for not allowing to use our soil.

“The Afghan government should engage with Pakistan in counter-terrorism cooperation and border management instead of blaming Pakistan for all the problems in Afghanistan,” he added.

 Zakaria said all the terrorist outfits, including Haqqani Network’s leadership, Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, Tehrik-e-Taliban Afghanistan, Al-Qaeda, Jamaat-ul-Ahraar and others were operating in Afghanistan against Pakistan.

“This is also an established fact that Indian intelligence agencies are using the Afghan soil to launch terrorist attacks in Pakistan. We have suffered more than others due to terrorism, especially due to Indian sponsored terrorism in Pakistan,” he said.

Zakaria said the security situation in Afghanistan was very complex. “It is too simplistic and rather self-exculpatory on the part of key players to play a blame game for the recent upsurge in violence in Afghanistan. There is a need to have an objective and holistic view,” he maintained.

He said the US leadership had frequently acknowledged Pakistan as an important ally in the fight against terrorism and appreciated the sacrifices laid down by the people of Pakistan to eliminate this menace.

“As I mentioned earlier also, when we talk about terrorist hideouts, they are present in Afghanistan,” he added.

He said India’s massive arms-buying spree from the US and the consequent conventional asymmetry continues to be a threat to regional peace and stability.

“Pakistan does not want to indulge in any arms race and remains committed to pursuing arms control and restraint measures. We believe that the region’s scarce resources should be devoted to the socio-economic uplift of its people,” he said.

Zakaria said Pakistan remained concerned over continued blatant violation of human rights committed by the Indian occupation forces in occupied Jammu and Kashmir.

“We have noted that despite unabated genocide and crimes against humanity committed by the Indian forces in Kashmir, the indigenous movement for self-determination remains undeterred. We urge the international community to call India to account for their crimes against humanity, as the world observes human rights day two days from now (December 10),” he said.

He added: “Sufferings of victims of pellet guns, pains of the families of those defenceless Kashmiris killed and intense mental sufferings of the families of those over 8,000 arrested with their fate remains unknown.”

Recently, he said, Australian Senator Lee Rhiannon openly declared on the House floor that what was happening in held Kashmir warranted investigations.

So far, he said, India had been refusing to accept any request for a fact-finding mission to Kashmir. But the international community will make India accept and pay for the crimes against defenceless Kashmiris.

Zakaria said Prime Minister’s Special Assistant on Foreign Affairs Tariq Fatemi was on an official visit to the United States, where he will reach out to Congressmen, key officials of the outgoing administration, establish contacts with the incoming administration, UN Officials, media and think tanks.

He said Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry visited Vienna to attend International Conference on Nuclear Security.

To a question, he said, Pakistan wanted good ties with India and PM Nawaz Sharif visit to Indian counterpart Narendra Modi’s inauguration in 2014 was part of efforts to promote peace.

“But if we exclude Kashmir from our talks, this would be meaningless. Kashmir is the key issue,” he said.

Zakaria said US President-elect Donald Trump, China and Iran had offered to mediate for Kashmir solution.

He said Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif had a meeting with Sartaj Aziz and offered Iran’s help to mediate on the Kashmir dispute between Pakistan and India. “We have longstanding relations and cooperation with Iran,” he said adding Iran-India ties were their bilateral matter.

About reports that six Pakistani sailors were killed in a Saudi airstrike targeting their boat off the Yemeni coast, he said: “So far, the veracity of the cited report could not be established by any of the multiple sources in Oman. However, we have asked our Missions to provide the latest and authentic details of the reported incident, if any.”

The spokesman said the November 7 incident of plane’s crash of a domestic flight in the mountains near Havelian in which more than 40 precious lives were lost, had deeply saddened the people in Pakistan and across the world.