Islamabad- Pakistan Foreign Office Wednesday refuted Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi “baseless rhetoric” against Islamabad during his visit to disputed Kashmir region a day earlier.

Tasneem Aslam, spokesperson of the FO, said that press reports of Modi’s accusations about proxy war against New Delhi are ‘most unfortunate’, especially as the leadership of Pakistan wishes to establish good neighbourly relations with India.

“Having lost the lives of 55,000 of its citizens as a result of terrorism; Pakistan is the biggest victim of the menace. The entire world has, time and again, acknowledged Pakistan’s unprecedented sacrifices, rendered by our valiant armed forces with over 5,000 soldiers having embraced Shahadat,” she said in a media release.

Aslam stated that our armed forces remain ready to defend the country’s borders and thwart any threat of aggression. She added that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s visit to India in May was in this spirit and generated a fresh momentum in the bilateral relationship.

“It would be in the larger interest of the regional peace that instead of engaging in a blame game, the two countries should focus on resolving all issues through dialogue and work together to promote friendly and cooperative relations,” the spokesperson added.