Islamabad (September 28, 2017): Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif revealed that Pakistan was offered to exchange self-confessed Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav with a terrorist involved in the 2014 attack on Army Public School in Peshawar.
During an interview with Asia Society, the minister, while referring to Pakistan being blamed for providing safe havens to terrorists on its soil said, “The Afghan government has admitted that Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan has safe havens on Afghan soil and operates from there. The terrorist who killed children in APS in Peshawar, is in Afghan custody.”
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“The [Afghan] national security adviser told me we can exchange him for the terrorist you have, which is Kulbhushan Jadhav,” the foreign minister added.On a query if India is using its presence in Afghanistan to undermine Pakistan’s stability, the minister replied, “Whatever economic development India has achieved in Afghanistan, it is on our [Pakistan] border. India has several [four] consulates on our border and most of the investments they are doing is in the Pashtun area, along our border.”He claimed there are about 66 militant groups operating in India of which only four were related to Pakistan. “The rest of them are India’s local terrorist organisations,” Asif said.
A day ago speaking at Asia Society seminar in New York, Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif said these people had been invited in the ‘White House.’ He said “Don’t blame us for the Haqqanis and don’t blame us for the Hafiz Saeed. These were the people who were your darlings just 20 to 30 years back.”Asif said, “It is very easy to say Pakistan is floating the Haqqanis and Hafiz Saeed and Lashkar-e-Taiba. They are liabilities. I accept that they are liabilities, but give us time to get rid of them because we don’t have the assets to match these liabilities and you are increasing them further.”
He said that Pakistan is ready to work with the United States for effective management of the Afghan border to stop terrorist infiltration and to facilitate a peace settlement in Afghanistan.