India's prime minister Narendra Modi.

Pakistan on Thursday (19) termed Indian prime minister Narendra Modi’s claims about the 2016 surgical strikes as false and baseless and said repeating a lie does not make it the truth.

Modi, during his Bharat Ki Baat, Sabke Saath programme in London on Wednesday (18) said India waited to inform Pakistan about the operation before informing the media. “I said before India gets to know, we should call Pakistan and tell them,” Modi said during the event. “We were calling them since 11 a.m. but they were scared to come on phone, at 12 we spoke to them and then told the Indian media.”

Reacting to this statement, Pakistan Foreign Office spokesperson Mohammad Faisal said India’s claims about the “surgical strike were false and baseless”. “Repeating a lie doesn’t turn it into the truth,” the spokesperson was quoted as saying by Dawn.

During Wednesday’s event, Modi also tore into Pakistan and called it a “terror export factory.”

“We believe in peace. But we will not tolerate those who like to export terror. We will give back strong answers and in the language they understand. Terrorism will never be accepted,” the prime minister said. “When someone has put a terror export factory in place, attacks my people, has no power to fight a war so attempts to attack behind the back… in such a case Modi knows how give a reply in the same language.”

In response to Modi’s comments on Pakistan exporting terrorism, Faisal said that it was the other way around. Accusing India of backing terrorists in Pakistan, Faisal said: “Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav is proof of Indian state-sponsored terrorism.”

Jadhav was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of terrorism.