Pakistan has “nothing to gain” from the militant attack on an Indian Army base, which killed 18 soldiers in the Uri sector of Jammu and Kashmir, an official from country’s foreign office said on Thursday, PTI reported. Nafees Zakaria claimed the incident was part of an “Indian attempt to divert the attention of the world community” from the Kashmir issue.

Zakaria said it had become New Delhi’s “habit” to blame Pakistan “after every such incident”. He further claimed that Islamabad has “concrete evidence of Indian-sponsored terrorism in various areas including Balochistan and Karachi”, gained from the confession of alleged Research and Analysis Wing agent Kulbushan Jadhav.

The spokesperson added that Pakistan is a peaceful nation and that the country’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif wanted a peaceful neighbourhood as well. He further accused Indian security forces of "committing brutalities” in Kashmir and called on the United Nations Secretary General as well as the world body’s Human Rights Commissioner to investigate the situation.

Relations between the Islamabad and New Delhi have worsened after the attack, with the Indian government attempting to diplomatically isolate its neighbour. United States legislators have also introduced a Bill in the House of Representatives, seeking a terror tag for Pakistan. India believes Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed orchestrated the attack on the Uri base. Pakistan, however, refuted the accusation and asked for “actionable evidence” to prove it.