Addressing his weekly media briefing on Thursday, the official spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), Raveesh Kumar, strongly condemned the statements and tweets emanating from Pakistan regarding the government's decision to revoke the special status of Jammu and Kashmir. In a veiled reference to Imran Khan, Kumar said that the Pakistani leadership and commentators were making very irresponsible statements. He contended that these statements included an appeal to incite Jihad in India. He was categorical in terming all this as 'interference in India's internal matters'.
Kumar alleged that the tweets were deliberately put out to incite violence in India. He stated that the main intention behind this was to create the impression of an alarmist situation.
"But the ground realities are very different. Pakistan has to realize that the world has seen through their lies. The world is not going to be fooled by this. Such allegations are blatant lies," Kumar observed.
On being asked about Pakistan's allegation that Prime Minister Modi violated their airspace, the MEA spokesperson reiterated that permission was sought from every nation that lay in the Prime Minister's route. Basically, the Prime Minister had used Pakistan's airspace while flying from New Delhi to France. He also admitted that Pakistan had informed India about the launch of Ballistic Missile Ghaznavi. Kumar also dismissed reports of Pakistan closing its airspace to Indian flights.
Specifically reacting to Pakistan's Federal Minister for Human Rights Shireen Mazari's letter to the United Nations (UN) which had, among other things, cited Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, Raveesh Kumar said, "I do not want to lend any credence to the letter by reacting to it. Let me put it simply that the letter is not even worth the paper it is written upon."
The last few weeks since the revocation of special status to J&K, have seen a number of aggressive statements, beginning from Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan himself, as well as a shocking campaign to peddle fake news on Kashmir, with Pakistan President Arif Alvi also getting called out by Twitter. Similarly, Pakistan Federal Minister for Maritime Affairs Ali Zaidi had tried to pass off an old video from Haryana as one from Kashmir valley. Khan, meanwhile, went on an astonishing social media rant, comparing India to Nazi Germany and giving the matter a religious spin.