Avoid meddling in our affairs: Pak to India

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Islamabad: In a sign of continuing downward slide in the relations between India and Pakistan, Islamabad has now asked India not to meddle in its internal affairs. 

“Pakistan has provided proof of Indian involvement in Pakistani affairs at many occasions, including the recent secretary level talks,” Foreign Office spokesperson Khalilullah Qazi said, during his weekly briefing media in Islamabad on Thursday.

“We have availed all possible opportunities to remind India to avoid interfering in the internal affairs of Pakistan,” he added.

The statement came a  day after the military’s top brass accused Indian intelligence agency RAW of supporting terrorism in Pakistan. This was the first time in recent years that the corps commanders publicly alleged India’s hand behind the unrest in the country, although Islamabad has long suspected RAW’s involvement.  Later even the Pakistan Defence Minister Khawaja Asif said in a television interview that RAW was “an enemy organisation”.

“RAW has been formed to undo Pakistan and to wipe Pakistan off the map of the world,” the minister said.

Responding to a question on the underworld don, the newly-appointed Foreign Office spokesperson said, “Pakistan has repeatedly said Dawood Ibrahim is not on its soil and at last India admitted the Pakistani stance saying that it does not know his whereabouts.”

Contradicting its own firmly-held position, the Indian government told Parliament on Tuesday that Ibrahim, one of India’s most-wanted men for masterminding the 1993 blasts in Mumbai in which 300 people were killed, has not been located so far.

“The United Nations Security Council has also issued a special notice against him. The subject has not been located so far. Extradition process with regard to Dawood Ibrahim would be initiated once the subject is located,” Minister of State for Home, Haribhai Chaudhury said in reply to a written question.

India’s dossiers on Dawood self-serving: Basit

Says Kashmir ‘mother of all issues’

New Delhi: Pakistan has questioned the veracity of India’s dossiers on underworld don Dawood Ibrahim calling them “self-serving” and said government’s comments in Parliament on his whereabouts vindicated its sustained stand that the fugitive was not in its territory.

Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit said the comments by Minister of State for Home Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary in Parliament on Tuesday justified his country’s worries on the issue and asserted that India has not placed any request with Islamabad in writing for Dawood’s extradition.

“Honestly speaking that was quite disquieting and disconcerting from our perspective and frankly that calls for some introspection. If you prepare dossiers on the basis of self-serving information, then we have every reason to be worried. Our worries are justified,” he told Karan Thapar on Headlines Today.

On whether India either in the recent past or earlier had formally in writing requested extradition of the don, he said, “Not to my knowledge”.

When pressed further, he said, “Not to my knowledge because from our perspective as we have been saying our position is that he is not in Pakistan. So the question of extradition does not arise in the first instance.”

India had handed over to Pakistan several dossiers on Dawood, India’s most wanted fugitive, giving details about his locations in Pakistan.

The envoy also called Jammu and Kashmir as “mother of all issues” bilaterally and said both the countries should work with sincerity to resolve it.

“First of all, it is important whether it is UN resolutions or Shimla agreement or 1999 Lahore Declaration , you need to understand from our perspective, and I think India also recognises that, Jammu and Kashmir is mother of all our issues bilaterally,” he said.

The High Commissioner said other issues like Siachen, Sir Creek or water issues, terrorism, have their “roots in the Jammu and Kashmir dispute” while asserting that Islamabad wanted to normalise ties with India.

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