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    Rahul remarks prove India interfered in internal affairs: Pak

    Islamabad, April. 15 (PTI): Pakistan today said Congress leader Rahul Gandhi's remarks claiming the "division" of the country in 1971 as an achievement of his family proves allegations that India interfered in its internal affairs and tried to "destabilise" the nation.

    Reacting to Gandhi's remarks made while campaigning for the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections, Pakistan Foreign Office spokesperson Tasnim Aslam said this proves allegations that "India interfered in Pakistan's affairs and tried to destabilise it".

    "This is a clear admission of it," she told Geo TV, arguing that the Gandhi family heading the Congress party ruled India for long. Asked whether Pakistan would take up the issue with India, she said, "This is not new. Everyone knows what happened in 1971."

    She also said that the difference between Pakistan's defence capability in 1971 and at present is like "earth and sky". "No one should entertain such thoughts in the present day world as it could end up being risky and dangerous," she said.

    During a public meeting in UP, Gandhi had said, "You know, when our (Gandhi) family commits to a task it also completes it. In the past too, members of the Gandhi family have achieved the goals they have initiated like the freedom of the country, dividing Pakistan into two and leading the nation to the 21st century." Bangladesh was created out of erstwhile East Pakistan after Pakistan's defeat in the 1971 war.


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