- "As regards the purported message that was referred to, let me make it clear that no such message was sent from our side,” Indian foreign ministry spokesman said.
Terming the statements of Special Assistant to Prime Minister (SAPM) Imran Khan on National Security Moeed Yusuf as misleading, India has said that Yusuf should restrict his advice to the establishment and not comment on India’s domestic policies.
Earlier this week, the SAPM had given an interview to Karan Thapar from The Wire, Pakistan's first interview since India ended occupied Kashmir’s special status in August last year.
In the interview, Yusuf said that Pakistan was conveyed about India's desire for a conversation. However, in the weekly briefing, Indian foreign ministry spokesman Anurag Srivastava said that he wants to make it clear that no such message was sent from India.
"As regards the purported message that was referred to, let me make it clear that no such message was sent from our side,” he said.
Terming Yusuf's statements as fictitious and misleading, Srivastava said that these remarks are Pakistan’s efforts to divert attention from domestic failures of the present government and mislead its domestic constituents 'by pulling India into headlines on a daily basis'.
He added that Pakistan continues to support, aid and abet cross-border terrorism against India, adding that 'it has also been resorting to unprovoked ceasefire violations to support terrorist infiltration'.
He also said that the Pakistani leadership continues to indulge in an inappropriate, provocative and hate speech against India. "Such support to terrorism against India and use of derogatory abusive language are not conducive to normal neighbourly relations,” the spokesperson said.