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Stop Dragging Us Into Your Electoral Debate, Win Victories On Your Own: Pakistan Tells India

| December 11 , 2017 , 14:59 IST

Leading up to the Gujarat elections, the BJP and Congress have levelled a series of allegations at each other, the recent most involving Pakistan, to which the Pakistan Foreign Office has issued a strong rebuttal.

In a statement on Monday, Pakistan said that India's politicians should not drag the country into domestic politics for its electoral debate and should win victories on its own strength.

"India should stop dragging Pakistan into its electoral debate and win victories on own strength rather than fabricated conspiracies, which are utterly baseless and irresponsible," Pakistan's Foreign Office spokesman Mohammad Faisal said on Twitter.

On Sunday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi alleged that a meeting took place at the home of recently suspended Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar which was attended by Pakistan's high commissioner, its former foreign minister, former PM Manmohan Singh and former Vice President Hamid Ansari.

The Congress hit back on PM Modi's statements, accusing BJP of being the real colluder with Pakistan, saying that it was the BJP government that gave the Pakistani intelligence officials access to the nation's top air force base in Pathankot after a terror attack.

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"If he wants to fight the Gujarat elections in Pakistan, I want to ask who who invited people from the (Pakistani intelligence agency) ISI to come to one of India's most important defence bases in Pathankot," Congress spokesman RS Surjewala said.

Surjewala also added on the behalf of India and the Congress that such allegations don't behoove the status of a Prime Minister.

"I'm very disappointed in the way the PM thinks, someone of his standing, of his position is getting into such patently false conspiracy theories...I want to say something to him on behalf of India and the Congress, that these allegations don't behoove his status (as PM) and his age and experience," said Surjewala.