NEW YORK – Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif made a sensational disclosure on Wednesday that Afghanistan offered to exchange Indian spy Kulbushan Jadhav with an attacker who targeted Army Public School, Peshawar back in 2014.
Asif made these remarks in a conversation with Asia Society, an organisation working to educate the world about Asia and affirmed that Pakistan was not the reason for problems in Afghanistan.
“The [Afghan] national security adviser told me we can exchange him for the terrorist you have, which is Kulbhushan Jadhav,” the foreign minister added but did not name the security czar who made that bizarre offer.
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The minister mentioned the admission of the Afghan government that Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan had safe havens on Afghan soil and it operated from there.
“The terrorist who killed children in APS in Peshawar is in Afghan custody.” he declared.
He claimed there were 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.
Asif also confirmed that India was using its presence in Afghanistan to undermine the stability of Pakistan and added that Pakistan had suffered grievously from conflict and instability in Afghanistan.
“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.”
During the sitting held in conjunction with the 72nd UN General Assembly session in New York, Asif asked the international community, the US in particular, to stop blaming Pakistan for the existence of the Haqqani Network and other alleged militant outfits.
“These were the people who were your darlings just 20 to 30 years back. They were being dined and wined in the White House and now you say ‘go to hell Pakistanis because you are nurturing these people’,” he added.