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Pakistan dismisses allegation of café attack involvement

Pakistan dismisses allegation of café attack involvement

Pakistan has dismissed the allegations of its involvement in Holey Artisan Bakery attack in Dhaka saying it is baseless, irresponsible and provocative.In response to media queries regarding allegations of Pakistan’s involvement in the terrorist attack, Pakistani Foreign Affairs Ministry spokesperson Mohammed Nafees Zakaria termed those highly regrettable, irresponsible and provocative stories being carried in Indian media.
They are utterly baseless and unfounded, he said, adding, “Pakistan strongly rejects such allegations.”
He drew attention to a statement by Prime Minster Adviser Dr Gowher Rizvi, refuting the Indian media story attributed to him regarding Pakistan’s involvement as ‘utter nonsense’ and a proof of the Indian media’s malicious intent.
“Rizvi said he never issued any statement or spoke to any TV channel on this issue,” the spokesperson said in a statement posted on their ministry website.
It said the PM’s adviser contacted Pakistani High Commissioner in Dhaka to confirm that he has not issued any statement against Pakistan and that the Indian media reports are false.
“He also advised the Pakistan’s High Commissioner to convey this clarification to the Pakistani government to avoid any misunderstanding between the two countries.”
Pakistan has strongly condemned the terrorist attack in Dhaka and expressed solidarity with the government and the brotherly people of Bangladesh and offered condolences and sympathised with the families of the victims, the statement said.
“Pakistan condemns terrorism in all its forms and manifestations. Being itself one of the biggest victims of terrorism, Pakistan welcomes Rizvi’s call for international cooperation to fight the menace of terrorism,” it added.