India has denied allegations by Pakistan that the Indian government had helped fund armed groups on Pakistani soil, with a foreign ministry spokesman dismissing them as “fabricated” and “figments of imagination”.

Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Sunday accused India of sponsoring “terrorism” aimed at destabilising the country and undermining its economic partnership with China.

He said that Islamabad would present its evidence to the United Nations and other international bodies.

This desperate attempt will find few takers as the international community is aware of Pakistan’s tactics,” India’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Anurag Srivastava said in a statement.

He added that Pakistan itself funds rebels – an allegation Islamabad also denies.

A statement from Pakistan’s military said India was “training, harbouring and launching… terrorists into Pakistan,” from 87 training camps – 66 in Afghanistan and 21 in India.

The nuclear-armed neighbours – who have fought three wars since both won independence from colonial power Britain – have long accused each other of equipping rebels.

But Saturday’s announcement by Pakistan’s foreign minister and military at a news conference in the capital Islamabad provided a heightened level of detail and specific accusations.

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