After Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Khwaja Muhammad Asif claimed that he was offered a proposal to swap Kulbhushan Jadhav for a 2014 Peshawar attack terrorist, India rubbished Pakistan’s claims terming them another ‘imaginary lie’ by Islamabad. Pakistan’s FM Asif leveled allegations against India, but did not give details about the NSA or the terrorist who was to be swapped.

Taking the cognizance of the statement issued by Afghanistan’s National Security Advisor (NSA) — who had also termed Pak’s claims as ‘imaginary lies’ — the spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs, Raveesh Kumar, said that it is a lie created by Pakistan’s establishment.

“If you have gone through the press release (issued by Afghan NSA’s office), it seems this is one more addition to the long list of imaginary lies as stories which have been created by the Pakistani establishment,” the spokesperson added.

The MEA spokesperson also cornered Pakistan by highlighting its attempt to show Kashmir in bad light using a ‘fake’ picture at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).

Asif’s claim of swapping Kulbhushan Jadhav with a Peshawar attack terrorist came in after a he had met the Afghan NSA, Mohammad Haneef Atmar in New York on September 21.

In order to contradict Pakistan Foreign Minister’s claim, Afghan NSA also issued a statement stating that there was ‘no mention or reference of India or an Indian citizen during his meeting with the Pakistani foreign minister’.

According to reports, during a conversation at the Asia Society in New York, the Pakistan Foreign Minister had said, “The TTP (Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan) operates from the Afghan soil. The terrorist, who killed the children in the APS (Army Public School) in Peshawar, is in Afghan custody. The National Security Advisor (NSA) told me that we can exchange that terrorist with the terrorist you have, which is Kulbhushan Jadhav.”

Pakistan’s Asif’s comment came in after Pakistan was criticized for providing safe havens to terror groups, and also trying to imply that the Indian intelligence Agencies are actually backing the terrorists from Afghanistan.

Jadhav, a former Indian Navy officer, was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court for alleged involvement in espionage and subversive activities.

First Published | 30 September 2017 10:37 AM
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