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The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has rejected Pakistan’s claim that India was behind the Lahore blast as “baseless propaganda.”

IN NEW DELHI: The government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday categorically denied Pakistan’s claim that New Delhi was behind a recent blast near the home of Jamat-ul-Dawah (JuD) chief and terrorist Hafiz Saeed, which occurred in Lahore.

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) issued a strongly worded statement in which it referred to Pakistan’s claim as “baseless propagandistic propaganda.”

In response to claims that “India was responsible for the blast near Hafiz Saeed’s Lahore home,” the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) stated, “It is not new for Pakistan to engage in baseless propaganda against India.”

It was also stated in the MEA statement that the international community is well aware of Pakistan’s reputation as a state sponsor of terrorism. Arindam Bagchi, spokesperson for the Ministry of External Affairs, said during a press briefing that the country’s own leadership, which continues to glorify terrorists such as Osama bin Laden as martyrs, acknowledges this.

The spokesperson for the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) offered Pakistan some advice, saying that the country should first focus on getting its own house in order before taking credible action against terrorism.

Strong reactions from the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) followed Pakistan’s recent claim that India was behind the Lahore bombing. Last week, a powerful explosion occurred near the home of terrorist Hafiz Saeed, injuring 24 people, including a police officer. Three people were killed and three others were injured in the blast.

Immediately following the explosion, a car mechanic was taken into custody on suspicion of being a participant in the explosion. According to reliable sources, intelligence agencies apprehended the technician for modifying the interior of the vehicle that was used in the explosion. Even though Hafiz Saeed’s home was unharmed, many other homes and businesses within a 100-square-foot radius of the blast site were severely damaged or completely destroyed.

Later on Sunday, Pakistan’s National Security Adviser Moeed Yusuf claimed that the Indian intelligence agency RAW was responsible for the blast outside Hafiz Saeed’s house in Lahore.

Saeed is the mastermind behind the 2008 Mumbai terror attack and the leader of the banned Jamaat-ud-Dawah terrorist organisation (JuD).

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