×

Pakistan says it will take up Kulbhushan issue with UN

Pakistan has been maintaining that Kulbhushan Jadhav is an Indian spy, a charge India has denied
Sartaj Aziz

Pakistan has said that it will take up the issue of Kulbhushan Jadhav, alleged Indian spy arrested in Balochistan, with the UN and other international forums.

Kulbhushan Jadhav was arrested from Balochistan  over charges of spying for R&AW. But India has been maintaining that Kulbhushan Jadhav has nothing to do with R& AW.

Pakistan so far has denied consular access to Kulbhushan Yadav.

Adviser to prime minister Nawaz Sherif on foreign affairs Sartaj Aziz said the statement made by Director General of National Investigation Agency (NIA) that no evidence linked Pakistan to the January 2 Pathankot attack in Punjab has vindicated Pakistan’s position in attack probe.

Meanwhile Pakistan has expressed concern over growing strategic ties between India and the US, a day after the two countries signed a number of agreements for security cooperation during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the US.

Addressing a conference at the  Sartaj Aziz said the US approaches Pakistan whenever it needs it and abandons when it does not need the country.

“Pakistan will convey its concerns to the US over the latest issues in the bilateral ties,” Aziz.

A high-level meeting is scheduled to take place between Pakistan and the US officials on Friday in Islamabad.

“We firmly conveyed it to the US that maintaining effective nuclear deterrence is critical for Pakistan’s security and only Pakistan itself can determine how it should respond to growing strategic imbalance in South Asia,” he said.

Aziz’s statement comes as Modi wrapped up a visit to Washington as one of President Barack Obama’s closest international partners.

The two countries have finalised various agreements that would make it possible for their militaries to cooperate more closely in the future. Under one such agreement, an American company will build six nuclear reactors in India.

The perpetually oscillating Pakistan-US relationship is once again at low as reflected by the congressional restriction on financing of F-16 fighters’ sale from Foreign Military Financing programme, because of which Pakistan lost the opportunity to buy the jets.

The relationship was further strained when the US carried out a drone strike in Balochistan, killing Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour. Pakistan termed it as a violation of the country’s sovereignty.

Top