Pakistan on Tuesday condemned the recent statements by Indian Defense Minister Rajnath Singh during the election rallies in Haryana, calling them "provocative and highly irresponsible."
"The statements of a senior minister in the Indian government provide another idea of the mentality of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP): a mixture of extremist ideology, hegemonic ambitions and obsession with Pakistan," reads a statement issued by the office from the spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
"It is very irresponsible that the defense minister of India threatens the division of a sovereign country. We are sure that the world community would take knowledge. For his part, Mr. Rajnath Singh should have no doubt that the security forces and the people of Pakistan remain ready to resolutely defend the country against any evil design, "the statement added.
Singh on Sunday while addressing a public demonstration in Karnal de Haryana said that India is "ready to help Pakistan" to "fight terror in its territory."
"You divided India into two parts as part of the theory of the two nations in 1947," he was quoted by India today. "But in 1971, his country was divided into two parts again. And if the situation persists, then no power can prevent Pakistan from breaking even further."
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs rejected Singh's "free" comments on aid in the fight against terrorism. "India would help itself by immediately ceasing the state terrorism it has been perpetrating for decades against the people of Kashmir in occupied Jammu and Kashmir. India must also cease its sponsorship of terrorism against Pakistan," the statement said.
The statement then pointed to the "well established pattern" of the BJP leadership that is fostering anti-Pakistan sentiment whenever there are elections in India to gather support for their candidates.
"As we have emphasized before, the BJP should dispute the elections on the basis of its own performance, instead of dragging Pakistan into the internal political incursion to obtain electoral gains," the FO statement reiterated.
This is not the first time Singh makes such inflammatory comments; In 2016, it was reported that he said Pakistan "would soon be in ten pieces" if cross-border terrorism does not come to an end.
In August of this year, the Indian defense minister was criticized for his comments on the "no first use" policy regarding nuclear weapons.
Singh had stated that while New Delhi had stuck to its "non-first use" policy commitment to nuclear weapons, future policy would depend on the situation. According to analysts, this statement from India introduced a level of ambiguity in the central doctrine of national security in New Delhi.
Pakistan denounced Singh's statements as "irresponsible" and "unfortunate," and promised to maintain a credible minimum deterrence stance.