Lahore - Adviser to Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz has demanded investigation by international agencies into the attack on Indian army headquarters in Uri Sector of Held Kashmir.

Talking to BBC on Saturday, Sartaj Aziz said that India often blames Pakistani agencies or non-state actors for any attack on its soil without holding any investigation into the assault.

“This is our wish and demand that Uri attack must be investigated internationally so that an impartial probe can be done,” he said.

Aziz was of the view that such attacks did not serve Pakistan or Kashmiri people, instead these attacks diverted attention of the world from Indian atrocities being committed there. He said this is not for the first time that India had levelled such a baseless allegation against Pakistan. He said during President Clinton’s visit to Pakistan, Kashmir had to face a major incident. Later it was revealed that the attack was carried out by India’s own agencies.

He said a huge number of Indian troops are deputed in the area where the attack had happened so the infiltration was not possible there. He said India failed to provide proof about Mumbai and Pathankot attacks. However, he maintained, Pakistan was ready to cooperate fully for investigation of Uri attack.

INDIA WANTS TO DIVERT ATTENTION FROM IOK BARBARISM: MINISTER

Federal Defence Production and Science & Technology Minister Rana Tanvir Hussain yesterday accused India of escalating tension with Pakistan to divert the world attention from the brutalities and barbarism unleashed by its forces on the innocent people in Held Kashmir.

Talking to media persons at the opening ceremony of an LED shop in Defence Housing Authority in Lahore, the federal minister said India was committing gross violations of human rights in Held Kashmir and had resorted to the use of highly inhuman tactics to suppress the freedom movement of Kashmiris.

“The Indian army has killed more than 110 Kashmiri people and injured thousands others by using pellet guns in the occupied valley during the last 78 days,” he added.

While applauding Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s address to the UNGA, Rana Tanvir said it was a true reflection of the aspirations of the Pakistani and Kashmiri people. The PM, he said, had showed the world what actually was happening in Held Kashmir and stressed solving the issue as per the wishes of Kashmiri people.

To a question, the minister said India cannot dare to attack Pakistan, adding the present threats to Pakistan were void, hollow and devoid of any substance. At the same time, he warned India of serious consequences if it ever invaded Pakistan. He said India, if it attacked Pakistan, would get the response which had never expected.

He said Pakistan Army was one of the best professional forces in the world. “Pakistan, a nuclear power, is manufacturing its own fighter aircraft and has the best missile system. We also sell small weapons to many countries, including the United States and Germany,” he added.

He said Indian Prime Minister Modi who was known for his enmity towards Pakistan and Islam would have to face a strong opposition in his own country to the war hysteria he was creating in the region.

To a question about the joint exercises of Pakistan and Russian troops, Rana Tanvir said: “We want good relations with Russia and these ties would further strengthen in the times to come.

Responding to a question about Imran Khan’s sit-in plan at Raiwind, the minister advised the PTI chairman to pursue serious and issue-based politics. He said Khan should learn a lesson from his flopped rally in Lahore.