FO hints at Indian involvement in Quetta blast

Zahid Chaudhary

Islamabad—As the intelligence agencies and other departments are engaged in investigation of Quetta tragedy to unmask the real culprits, Foreign Office on Thursday said involvement of foreign elements in cahoots with local contacts cannot be ruled out.
“Indian intelligence agencies have remained involved in subversive activities in Pakistan especially Balochistan and Karachi. Confessional statement of the serving Indian naval officer [Kulbushan Yadav] vindicates Pakistan’s claim in this regard, said spokesperson foreign office Nafees Zakariya at his weekly news briefing hinting that India may be involved in the despicable Quetta attack which claimed the lives of more than seventy lives.
It is worth mentioning that Balochistan Chief Minister Sanaullah Zehri and other provincial ministers have already alleged the Indian intelligence agency RAW for the recent Quetta terror attacks.
The foreign office spokesperson reminded that several high ranking officials of foreign countries are also on record saying our neighbor is financing instability in Pakistan.
Expressing concerns over continuous human rights violations in Indian Held Kashmir, the foreign office spokesperson urged the international community to raise its voice against blatant human rights violations in the held valley. There should not be any impunity for the human rights violations.
He said Pakistan has condemned the Indian atrocities at the highest level and also asked the UN Human Rights Commission to send a fact finding mission to the occupied Kashmir. He noted that several countries including United States, China, Turkey and Azerbaijan as well as human rights organizations and NGO have expressed their serious concerns over the situation in occupied Kashmir. The spokesperson said Pakistan is concerned over huge presence of Indian forces in occupied Kashmir which in fact are not accountable for their brutalities.
To a question, Nafees Zakariya categorically rejected Indian allegations of infiltration across the LOC. He said we have a firm position on it and we will not allow our land to be used against any other country. He said Pakistan itself is the victim of terrorism and it is committed to eradicating the menace. “We do not draw any discrimination in the terrorist groups”, he stressed.
When asked about the hostile statements being made by the Afghan president against Pakistan, Nafees Zakariya termed it as unfortunate saying these were not helpful. He pointed out that Pakistan has the longest border with Afghanistan and it has hosted the Afghan refugees for about thirty five years.
He said we have tried and will continue to have the best of relations with the neighbouring countries especially Afghanistan. He said Pakistan supports intra Afghan peace and reconciliation process as peace in Afghanistan in fact is in the interest of Pakistan.
To a question about the Pakistani helicopter which crashed in Afghanistan, the spokesperson said the Afghan authorities have assured us that they would take necessary steps to ensure safe recovery of the crew members.

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