Islamabad - Pakistan Thursday categorically rejected the baseless allegations made by home minister of India in the Parliament.

In a statement, Foreign Office spokesperson said Pakistan regrets the unsubstantiated and unwarranted assertion that those involved in the Gurdaspur incident had entered India from Pakistan.

The spokesperson said Pakistan believes that Indian home minister’s provocative comments are a threat to peace and security of the region.

Earlier in his weekly news briefing on Thursday, Foreign Office spokesperson Qazi Khalilullah described the Indian home minister’s statement as ‘unfortunate’ and said countering terrorism could only be possible through cooperation.

“Pointing fingers before investigation is not a healthy trend. We have noted with concern a continuing tendency of India to cast blame on Pakistan for any terrorist incident in its territory,” the spokesperson said.

He pointed out that in the Gurdaspur incident blames were apportioned to Pakistan by the Indian media, even when the encounter with terrorists was still going on.

“To tackle terrorism, a cooperative approach is required and blame game and finger-pointing would be unhelpful. If government of India has any concrete evidence in this case, same may be shared with government of Pakistan,” the spokesman said.

He urged the government of India to refrain from casting baseless allegations and work with Pakistan to eliminate terrorism from the region and create an environment of peace and amity in South Asia.

Commenting on India’s aggression at the Line of Control (LoC) and Working Boundary, he said Pakistan is capable of defending itself against any aggression.

“Pakistan will raise its concern at all forums including the United Nations and will take all steps necessary to defend its national interest,” he added.

He added the Pakistani high commissioner to India Abdul Basit postponed his visit to Chandigarh following the incident because the Indian government did not permit his driver and two other officers to travel with him.

The spokesperson further said India and Pakistan are in touch regarding the dates for the meeting between their respective National Security Advisers. “Pakistan wants sustained talks to resolve all outstanding issues with India,” Qazi Khalilullah said.

Meanwhile, Adviser to the Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz visited the Indian High Commission, Islamabad, on Thursday and signed the condolence book on the passing away of former President of India Dr APJ Abdul Kalam.

He expressed condolences and sympathies of the government and people of Pakistan to the government and people of India. Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry, Foreign Secretary, accompanied the adviser during the visit and also signed the condolence book.

In yet another related development, Indian troops resorted to unprovoked heavy weapons and small arms firing on LoC in Battal sector Thursday evening.

“Intense exchange of fire took place. Pakistani troops befittingly responded to Indian unprovoked shelling and firing,” an ISPR statement said.

At the briefing, the spokesperson also responded to a number of questions relating to the peace talks between the Afghan government and Taliban and said Pakistan is committed to facilitating peace talks.

Earlier in his opening remarks, the spokesperson said that Pakistan strongly condemns the terrorist attack on Jazeera Palace Hotel in Mogadishu that took place on 26 July and resulted in the loss of many precious lives, including one member of security staff from the Chinese Embassy, and injuries to several Somali and other nationals.

The people and the government of Pakistan wish to convey their heartfelt sympathies and deepest condolences to the bereaved families and the people and governments of Somalia and People’s Republic of China. “We also pray for speedy recovery of the injured,” the spokesperson said.

He said Pakistan is a victim of terrorism and has suffered immensely in terms of human and material losses while combating terrorism adding that Pakistan condemns terrorism in all its forms and manifestations. However, he said that Pakistan’s commitment to combat terrorism remains unflinching.