New Delhi: India on Thursday categorically denied having sent a purported message to Pakistan with ''desire for conversation'' as reportedly claimed by a top aide of Pakistan's Prime Minister and termed it as an effort to divert attention from domestic failures of the government there.
‘‘As regards the purported message, let me make it clear that no such message was sent from our side,’’ Ministry of External Affairs official spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said while replying to a query during the weekly virtual media briefing here.
He said that Pakistani top official commented on India's internal matters and the statement made by him were ‘‘contrary to facts on the ground, misleading and fictitious.’’
‘‘We have seen reports on the interview by a senior Pakistani official to an Indian media outlet. He has commented on India’s internal matters.
As always, this is Pakistan’s effort to divert attention from domestic failures of the present government and mislead its domestic constituents by pulling India into headlines on a daily basis. The official is well advised to restrict his advise to his establishment and not to comment on India’s domestic policy,’’ the MEA spokesperson said.
The spokesperson reiterated that Pakistan continues to support, aid and abet cross-border terrorism against India and has also been resorting to unprovoked ceasefire violations to support terrorist infiltration.
‘‘The Pakistani leadership continues to indulge in inappropriate, provocative and hate speech against India. Such support to terrorism against India and use of derogatory and abusive language are not conducive to normal neighbourly relations,’’ he added.