World capitals apprised about arrest of Indian spy: FO

Issue to be raised with EU, UN

Staff Reporter

Islamabad—The Foreign Office on Thursday said the revelations by Indian spy Kulbhushan Yadav had vindicated Pakistan’s longstanding position on India’s state sponsored terrorist activities on its soil.
The Foreign Office spokesman, Nafees Zakaria in a weekly media briefing here said the confessional statement by the apprehended spy had exposed Indian designs and motives against Pakistan.
He said the statement also proved that the finances were provided by Yadav’s handler in Indian agency RAW to carry out subversive activities in Pakistan.
Pakistan would raise RAW agent’s arrest with the European Union and in the United Nations, the spokesman said and added that Pakistan was deliberating over giving India counsellor access to Yadav.
Pakistan has apprised world’s major capitals, as well as the European Union, about the arrest of an Indian spy in Balochistan, the Foreign Office said.
“The entire world has seen the confessional statement of RAW agent Kulbhushan Yadav,” Foreign Office spokesperson Nafees Zakaria said during his press briefing.
The Spokesman said following the arrest of Kulbhushan Yadav due to his subversive activities, the Indian High Commissioner was summoned at the Foreign Office and was conveyed Pakistan’s protest and deep concern.
He said as the investigations progressed, the international community was being briefed about the issue through Pakistan’s missions abroad.
Earlier, he said that Pakistan had been inviting the attention of international community on involvement of Indian state institutions in supporting terrorist activities in Pakistan.
Pakistan had also last year submitted dossiers to the United Nations and the government of United States containing information and evidence about Indian state-sponsored terrorism in Pakistan.
To a question about the prospects of Pak-India foreign secretary-level talks after the arrest of Yadav, he said these talks were quite comprehensive with eight different sectors to be discussed.
He recalled the statement of Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj at Hearts of Asia Conference in Islamabad where she had said that the comprehensive talks should not be linked with a specific incident.
The Spokesman said that Pakistan believed that dialogue was the best way to resolving issues.
The Spokesman condemned the Sunday’s incident of terrorism in Lahore that killed more than 70 innocent people, many of them children.
He expressed the government of Pakistan’s resolve to bring the perpetrators to justice and continue counter-terrorism efforts.
He expressed gratitude over the solidarity and support shown by the leadership of large number of countries, which he said was a source of strength in this hour.
He dismissed the media reports labelling it an attack targetting the Christians and said those who lost their lives were “all Pakistanis”.
He stressed that these terrorists had no religion and faith and called upon the international community to see this as an attack on humanity.
The spokesman said majority of people killed in this incident were Muslims and pointed that the objective of terrorists was to exploit the situation.
“May it on religious divide, sectarian divide or ethnic, terrorism has no justification,” he said, adding that those who subscribed to the terrorist elements in notion were, actually though unwillingly, helping them in their nefarious designs.
The Spokesman said people of Pakistan were united on this incident, which was also reflective from the long queues of blood donors at hospitals to save lives irrespective of their religion.
He said such incidents could not deter the government of Pakistan’s resolve to fight terrorism and mentioned that as a result of successful military operation Zarb-e-Azb, the terrorists were on the run.

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