ISLAMABAD: Pakistans Defence Minister Khawaja Asif on Wednesday termed Indias Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) an enemy organisation, saying it has been formed to undo Pakistan.
RAW has been formed to undo Pakistan and to wipe Pakistan off the map of the world, Asif said, during a television interview.
The defence ministers statement came hours after the top military commanders accused Indias military spy agency, RAW, of fuelling terrorism in Pakistan in a rare public statement that may renew hostilities between the two hyphenated but hostile neighbours.
The conference took serious notice of RAWs involvement in whipping up terrorism in Pakistan, said the militarys media wing, the ISPR, in a statement following a conference of the corps commanders presided over by army chief General Raheel Sharif at the military headquarters in Rawalpindi.
This is the first time in recent years that the corps commanders have publicly alleged Indias hand behind the unrest in the country, although Islamabad has long suspected RAWs involvement.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif made improving ties with India a priority when he won a 2013 election. However, late last month, PM Nawaz accused India of failing to respond to Pakistans desire for good relations.
India was angered earlier in April when a Pakistani court freed on bail Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, accused of plotting a 2008 assault on the city of Mumbai in which 166 people were killed.
The statement followed the arrest of arrested two Muttahida Qaumi Movement workers for allegedly inciting violence in the metropolitan city at the behest of RAW. The controversy has led to a verbal duel between MQM chief Altaf Hussain and the security establishment.
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