Iran has no role in anti-Pakistan activities: Nisar

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RAW agents to be chased wherever they may be

Sophia Siddiqui

Islamabad—Interior Minister Chaudhary Nisar Ali Khan has emphatically stated that the Indian state terrorists operating in Pakistan will be chased after and arrested wherever they are.
Addressing a news conference on Saturday here Ch Nisar strongly rejected the impression created by some quarters that the RAW’s spies have the support of Iran. Flying kites regarding arrest of Indian spy and his links with Iran should be avoided, the Minister said adding Iran has nothing to do with the activities of Indian intelligence network.
“The issue of detained Indian Spy Kulbhushan Yadav is not linked with Iran. It has to do with India and I urge people not to link the matter of held Indian spy with our relations with Iran,” he said.
He urged media to be very cautious, while reporting on Pak-Iran brotherly relations. “Some elements wanted to harm Pak-Iran relations. He added the impression that Iran is facilitating India in anti-Pakistan activities is baseless and unfounded. Referring to the statement made by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani during his visit to Islamabad that Pakistan’s security is Iran’s security, Ch Nisar said nothing can come in the way of Pak-Iran relations as the government, the military and the people are committed to enhance relations with brotherly Tehran which has always supported Pakistan in the hour of trial.
He said Pakistan and Iran can jointly bring stability to the region. The Minister said Iran had no connivance with the activities of Indian intelligence network. A section of media unduly criticized Iran, which harmed the good feeling came out of Iranian President’s visit to Pakistan and we are trying to address it, said interior minister.
Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said Pakistan is committed to take its relations with Iran to new heights.
Responding to media reports appeared in a section of press, he rejected any secret meeting of his and Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif with Army Chief Gen Raheel Sharif.
“I think before commenting on it negatively, the media should have asked the interior ministry about it,” he said.
He added that they held a routine meeting in broad daylight, which could not be dubbed as secret. Commenting on deletion of Pervez Musharraf’s name from the Exit Control List, the minister said the government had rejected Musharraf’s plea for this purpose thrice. He said the government deleted Musharraf’s name on court’s observation.
Turning to handling of sit-in in Islamabad, he said the protesters were dispersed due to prudent strategy of the government and all the cabinet members were on the same page in that regard. He said every step was taken with complete consultation of cabinet members and the prime minister was also onboard.
The government handled the issue without shedding any drop of blood said the Minister. He thanked respected religious leaders hailing from Karachi, Rawalpindi, and Islamabad for their role in solving the issue peacefully. The Minister said those, who destroyed public property would be dealt according to the law.
The interior minister said that the government could not force the protestors out aggressively as it could have meant many fatalities.
“The people had gathered in the name of respect for Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), but were misled and misguided by a few. The government had to act carefully,” Nisar said.
The security czar said that the government had given the protesters an ultimatum to vacate the red-zone area when two of the ministers suggested that we should further hold negotiations in order to avoid violence.
Meanwhile, Pakistan has denied Indian High Commission request for counsellor access to recently arrested RAW officer Kulbhushan Yadav. According to sources, India has made the request a few days ago but it was rejected as still interrogation is underway from the spy. Counsellor access will be provided after the completion of investigation, the sources added.

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