Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin firmly rejected the Islamabad's criticism of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's "proxy war" comments.
New Delhi's strong reaction came hours after Pakistan dubbed as "baseless rhetoric" comments by Modi accusing it of indulging in proxy war against India. Islamabad also said both countries should focus on resolving issues instead of engaging in blame game.
"Terrorism for us is a real and present danger. The Prime Minister was articulating what is for us the core concern in our relation with Pakistan. Mere denials of selective approaches towards terrorism are not going to drive away our concerns," External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin told reporters in Delhi.
"India will in any case address its concerns on terrorism through all means available to us. Our tool kit is not restricted in any manner," the Spokesperson said.
He said India's concerns stem from the fact that some of the worst terrorist attacks in the country owe the genesis to areas which were either in Pakistani control or from Pakistan and referred to the Parliament attack and Mumbai carnage.
Asked whether the talks between Foreign Secretaries of the two countries will go ahead, he only said they are meeting following directives from Prime Ministers of both the countries to be in touch and look at the way forward in bilateral ties. The talks are due to be held in Islamabad on August 25.

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