ISLAMABAD - Chairman, Senate Committee on Defence, Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed, has strongly condemned the anti-Pakistan tirade by an Indian minister.

He expressed these views while addressing the Pakistan-India young entrepreneurs forum on video link here on Wednesday.

The Senator termed this unprecedented attack on Pakistan by the Indian minister at an event, which was organized to promote people-to-people relations between the two countries as an uncalled for propaganda.

Senator Mushahid said that the atmosphere of the whole conference was vitiated by the Indian minister’s shocking remarks and this showed an obsession of the Indian ruling elite with Pakistan-bashing, which has increased of late due to the upcoming elections in India.

Mushahid Hussain said that he was surprised that even normal diplomatic norms were not adhered to at an event where both Indian and Pakistan entrepreneurs were present and said that it was unfortunate that an Indian minister has gone to the extent to abuse such a platform to launch attacks on Pakistan. He said that the main problem in Pakistan-India relations is the fact that the Indian political elite continues to be in denial mode.

when it comes to the root causes of tensions in the region and, the bigness of India’s size is unfortunately not matched by large-heartedness in its attitude and approach towards smaller neighbours and this has been amply demonstrated by yesterday’s unfortunate event.

He said it was due to such a negative mindset that Pakistan-India relations are not able to move on adding that in Pakistan’s recent general elections, there was no India-bashing at all.