BELGRADE – Islamabad rejects New Delhi’s accusations of supporting terrorism groups in India-controlled disputed region of Jammu and Kashmir made after a deadly attack took place there, Sartaj Aziz, adviser to Pakistan’s Prime Minister on foreign affairs, said.

“Pakistan has noted with serious concern the recent spate of vitriolic and unsubstantiated statements emanating from Indian civil and military leadership in the aftermath of yesterday’s attack on Indian occupation forces in the Uri sector of the Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK). Pakistan categorically rejects the baseless and irresponsible accusations being levelled by senior officials in Prime Minister [Narendra] Modi’s Government,” Aziz said in a Sunday statement, as quoted by Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

He added that the the statements made by Indian officials were an attempt “to deflect attention” from the deterioration of the humanitarian situation in Kashmir.

The region of Kashmir has been disputed by India and Pakistan since the dissolution of British India and the establishment of the two states in 1947. Some local residents, most of them Muslims, especially those residing in the Kashmir Valley, call for greater autonomy or even independence from India. The recent escalation of violence in the region started in July after Indian security forces killed Burhan Wani, a commander of the separatist group Hizbul Mujahideen, outlawed in India, which has led to further deterioration of India-Pakistan relations.