NEW DELHI: India on Friday cited Afghanistan NSA’s assertion rejecting Pakistan’s declare that it had acquired a proposal to swap Indian nationwide Kulbhushan Jadhav for a terrorist, to say that it was one other addition to Islamabad’s “imaginary lies”.
The response got here after Pakistan International Minister Khwaja Muhammad Asif recommended that he acquired the proposal to swap Jadhav with the terrorist, lodged in an Afghan jail, throughout his assembly with an NSA. Nonetheless, Khwaja didn’t establish the NSA or the terrorist who was to be swapped.
Contradicting Asif’s declare, the workplace of the Afghan Nationwide Safety Adviser Mohammad Haneef Atmar issued an announcement saying there was no point out or reference of India or an Indian citizen throughout his assembly with the Pakistani overseas minister on September 21 in New York.
Asif had informed a gathering on the Asia Society in New York on September 26 that Pakistan acquired a proposal to swap Jadhav for a terrorist who carried out the horrific 2014 Peshawar faculty assault and is now jailed in Afghanistan.
Reacting strongly, exterior affairs ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar mentioned the assertion by the workplace of the Afghan NSA recommended that the declare by Asif was another addition to the lengthy checklist of “imaginary lies” by Pakistani institution.
The assertion by Atmar’s workplace mentioned the 2 sides, throughout the assembly, had detailed discussions on number of points together with bilateral cooperation.
“The 2 sides additionally mentioned sanctuaries in Pakistan and alternate of the highest 5 Taliban leaders detained in Pakistan. There was no point out or reference of India or an Indian citizen,” it mentioned, including Atmar was hopeful that the file of the conferences are reported precisely and information are usually not “misconstrued”.
The MEA spokesperson additionally referred to Pakistan’s use of a “pretend image” within the United Nations Normal Meeting lately, including the Pakistan overseas minister’s declare was one other lie.
“You probably have gone by way of the press launch (issued by Afghan NSA’s workplace), it appears that is another addition to the lengthy checklist of imaginary lies as tales which have been created by Pakistani institution,” mentioned Kumar.
Jadhav, a 46-year-old retired Indian Navy officer, was in April sentenced to demise by Pakistan’s Subject Normal Courtroom Martial on prices of his alleged “involvement in espionage and sabotage actions” in opposition to Pakistan.
In a listening to of the case on Could 18, a 10-member bench of the Worldwide Courtroom of Justice had restrained Pakistan from executing Jadhav.
The Pakistan Taliban had claimed duty for the grotesque Peshawar faculty assault in 2014 wherein practically 150 folks, largely faculty kids, have been killed.