India on Thursday rebuked Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan for his comment regarding the deaths of seven civilians in Kashmir’s Pulwama, stating that instead of interfering in a neighbouring country, Islamabad should “mind its own affairs” which are in a “mess”. Responding to a question during a media briefing, External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar gave a sharp response to the Pakistan PM’s comments.

In a set of recent tweets, Khan condemned the deaths of the civilians and said that “Kashmiris must be allowed to decide their future”. He also tweeted that Pakistan would raise the issue of India’s alleged human rights violations at the United Nations.

“I think it will be better if they mind their own business and look at the internal affairs which are in a mess,” Kumar said, in reference to Khan’s remarks. He added that no action had been taken by Pakistan against terror groups operating from its soil. He also noted the statements coming from its side showcased Pakistan’s “insincerity and duplicity.”

He added, “I think it will be better if they mind their own business and look at their internal affairs, which are in quite a mess in their own country.”

Kumar said India has been demanding that Pakistan “should stop allowing your territory to be used for terror groups and terrorists, who are operating from your soil and exporting to other countries”.

He added, “No action is being taken on that. On the other hand, they sometimes have the gumption to comment on the internal affairs of a neighbouring country.”

On Sunday, the Pakistan PM had condemned the recent death of the seven civilians in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama, who died in police firing after an unruly mobbed gathered at the encounter site where the security forces had gunned down three terrorists earlier in the day.

The next day, Khan tweeted: “Strongly condemn killing of innocent Kashmiri civilians in Pulwama IOK by Indian security forces. Only dialogue & not violence & killings will resolve this conflict. We will raise issue of India’s human rights violations in IOK & demand UNSC fulfil its J&K plebiscite commitment.”

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