ISLAMABAD -  Pakistan on Thursday made it clear to India that it will not be able to divide Pakistan as tension continues to haunt the nuclear-armed neighbours.

Addressing a weekly news briefing here, Foreign Office Spokesperson Nafees Zakaria said Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s statement in which he warned of dividing Pakistan was condemnable.

He said Singh’s statement violated international rules and exposed India’s conspiracies to create unrest in Pakistan. “We have long been complaining that India is engaged in terrorist activities in Pakistan. Indian home minister’s remarks vindicate Pakistan's longstanding position,” Zakaria said.

Zakaria said Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan had responded very comprehensively to the Indian counterpart’s statement. “Let me add that we strongly condemn the absurd remarks of the Indian home minister, which are in complete violation of all diplomatic norms, the UN Charter and other international instruments guaranteeing sovereignty and territorial integrity of states. The international community must take notice of such irresponsible statements and Indian-sponsored terrorism in Pakistan,” he said.

The spokesperson said India had continued genocide and crimes against humanity in held Kashmir. “We strongly condemn death of innocent Kashmiris. Their right to freedom of expression, religious practice, and freedom of movement remained curbed under Indian oppressive measures, which is highly deplorable,” Zakaria added.

He said Rochdale Borough Council, while expressing their concern over grave human rights violations, urged the UN and international human rights bodies to protect human rights in Kashmir.

The council noted that the genocide committed by Indian forces in Kashmir was designed to curb pro-freedom voices and Kashmiris’ right to self-determination enshrined in several UNSC Resolutions on Kashmir, Zakaria said.

The spokesperson said British PM Theresa May took up the issue of Kashmir with PM Narendra Modi during her recent visit.

“On Human Rights Day, a large number of British parliamentarians raised their deep concerns over Indian atrocities in Held Kashmir,” he added.

Zakaria said Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Tariq Fatemi, who was on visit to the US, and Pakistan’s ambassadors in various countries had effectively raised the issue of ongoing brutalities in Kashmir.

He said that Special Assistant to the Prime Minister Tariq Fatemi was on a visit to the US but there was no proposal yet that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif would attend the President-elect Donald Trump’s oath-taking ceremony.

“Tariq Fatemi is on a visit to the US. He has had a busy schedule and an extensive range of interactions in Washington and New York so far. More specifically, in Washington, he met senior officials,” he said.

Zakaria said Pakistan wanted to resolve all the issues with India through talks but India had always shown little interest in peace efforts and in fact spoiled such moves.

He said Pakistan supports efforts to create conducive atmosphere to resolve the issues but “India does not reciprocate,” Zakaria said. “India is also not allowing UN team to visit Held Kashmir,” Zakaria added.

He said Pakistan had constantly taken up the Kashmir issue with the UN secretary general, the president of the UN Security Council and other UN-related bodies.

Zakaria said the international community was deeply concerned about treatment of minorities in India.

“Muslims, Dalits and Christians are especially victims of Hindu extremist and terrorist organisations such as RSS, Shiv Sena and Abhinav Bharat. International community is witnessing the worst human rights violations and persecution of minorities, particularly of Muslims, in India,” he said.

About the Indian announcement at the Heart of Asia Conference regarding Air Cargo Service for Afghanistan to transport goods between the two countries, Zakaria said: “I have seen the reports, but we have not received any such proposal yet. Once a request is received, we will process it according to our regulations and procedures.”

Questioned about the World Bank’s decision to temporarily pause the appointment of a neutral expert to mutually resolve the water dispute under the Indus Waters Treaty, he said: “This matter pertains to the Ministry of Water and Power. You may approach them. I have seen the statement attributed to the Indus Waters Commissioner, stating a letter from the World Bank has been received and that inter-departmental consultations are on.”

When his attention was drawn to Commander of US and ISAF forces in Afghanistan General John Nicholson’s statement that the Pak-Afghan region had the highest ratio of terrorists in the world, Zakaria said: “General Nicholson’s assessment suggested that a large number of terrorist organisations are based in Afghanistan. Pakistan has taken firm action to root out terrorism through Operation Zarb-e-Azab, the impact of which can be seen.”

He said the US had already acknowledged that Pakistan was seriously fighting terrorism. “I would like to mention the visit of Senator John McCain in which he was highly appreciative of Pakistan’s successes in counter-terrorism operation. When he returned to the US he also wrote a very comprehensive article for the media in this regard,” Zakaria added.

He said Pakistan wanted peace and stability in Afghanistan. “We are engaged in border management, which is imperative for effective counter terrorism. Cooperation of the Afghan government and the US authorities has been repeatedly solicited in this regard. We look forward to receiving their support,” the spokesperson said.

Citing the Annual Assessment Report on US Operations in Afghanistan, he said: “Out of 98 US-designated terrorist groups around the world, around 13 are in Afghanistan. US forces killed or captured 50 leaders of Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan. Around 200 other members of Al-Qaeda and Al-Qaeda Islamic State groups were killed/captured in Afghanistan. Five emirs [chiefs] of 20 terrorist groups were killed in Afghanistan.”

Zakaria said there was no presence of Daesh in Pakistan. “There is no organised presence, I repeat, no organised presence of Daesh in Pakistan,” he added.

Zakaria said Pakistan had repeatedly emphasised the need for a politically-negotiated settlement between the Afghan government and the Taliban and had continuously endeavoured towards this goal.

“In this spirit, Pakistan facilitated Murree peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban in July 2015. However, the breaking of news of the death of Mullah Omar led to suspension of these talks. We continued our efforts and remained actively engaged in serious efforts through the Quadrilateral Coordination Group earlier this year,” he said.

Zakaria said Pakistan had spent $500 million on those projects, and had made an additional commitment of $500 million to efforts towards peace and stability in Afghanistan.

He said Pakistan and Russia held bilateral consultations this week in the context of regional issues.