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Pakistan Condemns India's Remarks on Baluchistan Violence


Pakistan has condemned India's remarks on the escalating violence in Baluchistan province, warning that such statements are unhelpful and will not improve bilateral relations.

India's Foreign Ministry spokesman Navtej Sarna last week expressed concern over what he called the "spiraling violence" between Pakistani security forces and restive tribesmen in Baluchistan province.

Pakistan's Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Tasnim Aslam told reporters in Islamabad that India should mind its own business.

In recent weeks, Pakistani army helicopters and ground troops have overrun suspected training bases in Baluchistan thought to be used by militants for attacks on government installations.

Baluch tribesmen have been launching attacks to press their demands for an increase in royalties for resources extracted in their areas.

Ms. Aslam warned that such Indian criticism could weaken attempts by the neighboring countries to resolve bilateral issues, including the long-standing dispute over Kashmir.

Some information for this report provided by AP.

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