Asif rips allegation hurling India on Jadhav

Staff Report
Friday - December 29, 2017
ISLAMABAD: On Indian unsound allegations against Indian spy commander Kulbhushan Jadhav’s meeting with his mother and wife, on Monday, foreign minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif, in a statement on Thursday, responded, “The meeting initially scheduled for 30 minutes was extended to 40 minutes, on the request of Jadhav’s mother and wife” reiterating “The success of the meeting was evident by the fact that Jadhav’s mother thanked Pakistan, at the conclusion of her visit.”

According to detail, Asif categorically rejected all Indian allegations and stated that the meeting of the wife and mother of commander Jadhav was permitted on humanitarian grounds, in lines with Islamic teachings and traditions of compassion and grace.

He added that the purpose of the visit was to have a meeting of commander Jadhav with his wife and mother, which was successfully achieved despite all impediments and stressed, “This needs to be acknowledged.”

Referring to the hue and cry in Indian media questioning the modalities of the visit, and advancing farfetched conspiracy theories about the change of clothes of the visitors, the retention of the shoe of Jadhav’s wife and the language in which the meeting was conducted, Asif underscored that Pakistan’s humanitarian gesture did not obviate the fact that this was not an ordinary meeting between a mother and wife with son and husband.

Asif reminded the Indian counterparts that the stark reality remains that commander Kulbhushan Jadhav is a serving Indian naval officer and a convicted Indian terrorist, sent to Pakistan by Indian intelligence agency research and analysis wing (RAW), and is responsible for multiple cases of mass deaths and destruction in Pakistan.

He maintained, “A comprehensive security check was therefore essential” lashing “This was agreed between both countries, in advance, through diplomatic channels” reminding “The visitors were treated with respect and dignity.”

Asif said, “The change of clothes and removal of jewelry/ornaments etc was purely for security reasons” adding “The visitors changed into their own clothes after the meeting.”

He continued, “All their belongings were returned to them before they left” highlighting “The wife's shoes were retained as they did not clear the security check” lashing “A metal chip has been found in one of the shoes, which is being analysed.”

Asif elaborated that many routine airport security checks for ordinary people entail removal of crosses and veils and lashed out at his Indian counterparts saying, “Trying to distort an agreed security check and attempting to portray it as a deliberate religious/cultural disrespect denotes bad faith and is regrettable” lashing “It is unfortunate that the frenzied Indian media is driving Indian politics.”

He stressed that Pakistan had been open and transparent throughout the meeting, offered in good faith. “We do not wish to indulge in fallacious accusations and blame game and should focus on the bigger positive outcome that the meeting happened, despite immense challenges and impediments, instead of distortion of facts and baseless propaganda, which vitiates the atmosphere and is counterproductive,” Asif concluded.

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