Margarita Island (Venezuela): Indian Vice-President Mohammad Hamid Ansari with the Vice-President of Nepal, Nanda Kishor Pun, at a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the 17th summit of the Non Aligned Movement (NAM) at Margarita Island in Venezuela on Sunday. PTI Photo by Shailendra Bhojak(PTI9_19_2016_000034B) *** Local Caption ***
Margarita Island (Venezuela): Indian Vice-President Mohammad Hamid Ansari with the Vice-President of Nepal, Nanda Kishor Pun, at a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the 17th summit of the Non Aligned Movement (NAM) at Margarita Island in Venezuela on Sunday. PTI Photo by Shailendra Bhojak(PTI9_19_2016_000034B) *** Local Caption ***

New Delhi: India has asserted that the terrorist attack in Uri in Kashmir has highlighted Pakistan’s desire to use “poison” instead of dialogue, as it lodged a strong protest against Islamabad at the NAM summit in Venezuela for its “mischievous” and “malignant” support to terror.

Minister of State for External Affairs M J Akbar hit out at Pakistan, saying it has reduced itself to “pariah” status in the international community because of its hypocrisy and its blatant sponsorship of terrorism and of terrorists.

Speaking to reporters after Pakistan Prime Minister’s Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz raised the Kashmir issue at the 17th Non-Aligned Movement Summit, Akbar slammed Pakistan for giving sanctuary and support, both domestic and international to terrorists and investing in the evil menace of terrorism.

He said India has lodged a strong protest in writing with NAM against Pakistan’s mischievous, malignant use of terrorism particularly evident even while the summit is taking place in the tragic incident at Uri.

Akbar said the incident in Uri is a grave incident and not only India but the world is aggrieved by it, adding that Pakistan should understand that it will be given a befitting reply and no one will back Pakistan on this.

However, Pakistan has refused New Delhi’s claims of Islamabad’s involvement in Uri terror attack, stating that said that pointing fingers on them has become a traditional tendency of India after each terrorist attack.

“Pointing fingers at Pakistan has become a traditional tendency of India after each terrorist attack,” the Dawn quoted Pakistan Foreign Office spokesperson Nafees Zakaria as saying.

“In the past many Indians were involved in the terrorist acts for which India had blamed Pakistan,” he asserted.

In one of the worst attack in recent times, at least 17 soldiers lost their lives and 30 others injured post the terror strike on an army camp close to the headquarters of the 12th Brigade at Uri in Baramulla district.

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