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Insufficient evidence delays Jadhav dossier: Aziz

Updated Dec 08, 2016 04:14pm

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ISLAMABAD: Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz on Wednesday kicked up a controversy by stating in the Senate that government could not finalise a dossier on captured Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav because of inadequate evidence provided so far.

“It is not that material has been provided and it’s lacking in English and we are overcoming it. The [provided] material, in our view, was insufficient,” Mr Aziz told a meeting of the Senate Committee of the Whole House, in Urdu.

The committee has been set up to prepare policy guidelines in view of the emerging regional situation.

The adviser was responding to Senator Mushahid Hussain’s criticism over a delay in finalisation of the planned dossier for mobilising international opinion on Indian involvement in subversive activities in Pakistan.

The delay, Mr Hussain said, was causing embarrassment for the country.

Jadhav’s capture from Balochistan was announced in March and was flaunted by military as a “proof of Indian interference and state sponsored terrorism”. Mr Aziz said that the material provided to the Foreign Office on Yadav’s activities was mere statements.

Intelligence agencies have been investigating Yadav’s role in sponsoring terrorism in Pakistan and his local connections for close to nine months now. The intelligence agencies have been told to strengthen the evidence with a view to making it water tight and convincing for the international community.

Mr Aziz said further information had been sought. But, he was not sure when the task would be completed. “I don’t know how long they would take to give additional information,” Mr Aziz told the Senate body.

Later in the evening, the FO went into a damage limitation mode by denying that the adviser had decried the information furnished by quarters concerned as not enough.

“The statement attributed to the Adviser is absolutely incorrect. The Adviser had said that the investigations regarding the network of Kulbhushan Yadav are ongoing and the dossier shall be completed upon conclusion of the investigation,” a statement from the spokesman’s office said.Speaking at the Senate meeting, Mr Aziz defended the government’s record on fighting terrorism and said it was wrong to give the entire credit to the military in this regard.

He recalled that the political consensus developed before the launch of National Action Plan on counterterrorism was crucial and a major step.

He said the government was very clear in terms of policy, but achieving the desired results needed time.

Mr Aziz and Defence Minister Khawaja Asif earlier gave an in-camera briefing on the escalation on Line of Control.

A number of opposition senators lashed out at the government’s track record of fighting terrorism.

Senator Farhatullah Babar of the PPP said: “Non implementation of the National Action Plan is the grotesque failure of the government as the fourth schedulers among the non-state actors even take part in elections without being noticed.”

He recalled that the policy guidelines had categorically stated “no room for non-state actors” and “the soil of Pakistan not to be allowed for use by them”.

Sen Sherry Rehman also regretted that people included in the fourth schedule were contesting elections, while the institutions that were to enforce the restrictions on them seemed to suffering from paralysis.

Senator Jahanzeb Jamaldini said he was pained to see soft corner for terrorists and extremists.

Published in Dawn, December 8th, 2016

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سے Shaam (Hanafi) Dec 08, 2016 10:09am

free him there's nothing against the poor guy...

DIL DIL PAKISTAN Dec 08, 2016 10:12am

What a Nonsense statement sartaj Aziz issuing and making controversy.

leovivek Dec 08, 2016 10:13am

Please understand, he is not an Indian Spy. Government is doing it because of political gain.

DIL DIL PAKISTAN Dec 08, 2016 10:22am

If he is innocent how get caught in Balochistan??

DIL DIL PAKISTAN Dec 08, 2016 10:26am

He acknowledge he is working for Indian Spy Agrncy Raw. After he arrest he Family was disappeared from Bombay by indian agencies.what more proof want

Zak Dec 08, 2016 10:28am

Take your time, no hurry , it is not as if he is getting away .

Super Cop Dec 08, 2016 10:31am

He is not Indian Spy ....he might be a smuggler or doing some other unethical thing

Zak from panama Dec 08, 2016 10:31am

Justice delayed is justice denied. The entire episode is now reduced to a ' farce '.

Because of the delay world communities will not take notice of the incident. The intelligence agencies have compromised interest of the country.

CITIZEN Dec 08, 2016 10:47am

He is a Iranian businessman having original indian passport. As a real spy will never carry his country's passport.

CITIZEN Dec 08, 2016 10:49am

Sorry state of affairs.

DIL DIL PAKISTAN Dec 08, 2016 10:56am

@CITIZEN hahaha he is an iranian Businessman carring iranian visa with indian passport

Nasir Dec 08, 2016 11:06am

bogus case as expected.

pakistani Dec 08, 2016 11:12am

Innocent indians don't goto balochistan on fake passports. Mr. AZIZ please think before you speak you had brief meeting with Modi we can tell.

Ashfaq11 Dec 08, 2016 11:22am

Sooner they replace this unimpressive foreign policy advisor the better

Anwar amjad Dec 08, 2016 11:31am

We need a regular foreign minister. Is there a reason why PM is keeping this portfolio with him?

Anwar amjad Dec 08, 2016 11:45am

Correction Mr Sartaj Aziz! It is correct that only Army is working against the terrorism. But certainly there is no contribution from the foreign office.

Alam Jehangir Dec 08, 2016 11:48am

Again a big let down by our govt! Why why do you do this to us! Dont make a mockery of country again in intl arena.

mohammed Dec 08, 2016 11:49am

Is there any evidence? The euphoria was mainly because that he was an Indian.

TRUESOUL Dec 08, 2016 11:52am

@DIL DIL PAKISTAN - As per Iran and Indian media, he was kidnapped from Iran border areas by armed forces. His families are still waiting for his release.

hitman Dec 08, 2016 11:58am

@mohammed right bro

SNB Dec 08, 2016 12:33pm

Too much noise, too little substance!!!!

Hamid Dec 08, 2016 12:41pm

If Yadav was really who his video claimed he was, we would have enough ammo to lock him up for good and show the world what India is up to. I am now somewhat perplexed how we got hold of Yadav and why the authorities are unable to back up his confession with cold hard facts. While focusing on putting together evidence to support this yarn, the "real" foreign agents wreaking havoc are having a free run of the land. It's probably too late to back out now.

truce Dec 08, 2016 12:43pm

@leovivek "Please understand, he is not an Indian Spy. Government is doing it because of political gain."

Of course we understand, after Modi's speech we understand everything. But I must say Nawaz only focus on his gains.

sal Dec 08, 2016 12:57pm

Opposition is right, this government record against terrorism is not good and in case of an Indian spy, they are delaying matters by giving us sugar coated pills.

Ozzy Dec 08, 2016 01:09pm

@SNB whats u mean like india claim of surg atrike or attacks on uri and pathankot which btw we are still waiting for.

Akram Dec 08, 2016 01:11pm

So basically he was just sight seeing in Balochistan, having crossed over from Iran carrying Indian passport. As you do.

Thiru Dec 08, 2016 01:14pm

@Zak It is a great misfortune that on both sides of the border we have people who have lost all humanity. You rant the same, whatever the news item. You must know that irrespective of which side, those that are killed or imprisoned bleed the same, have very similar dependent families. At the end of us, whatever name we call Him, He has ordained that not one of us can even take a grain of sand with us. Peace.

soumya Dec 08, 2016 01:16pm

The most interesting aspect of Indo pak relationship is both are aware of each other so well...against one so called Indian spy as claimed by Pakistan...Indian authority have arrested Pakistani spies in numbers. what Mr. Aziz would have spoken to our PM Mr.Modi is basically an agreement....seems the same has been mutually agreed with both parties....we the fool citizens on both sides will keep on dancing and abusing each other on the provocation of the political leaders...

Muhammad Dec 08, 2016 01:37pm

A painful reading of this narrative.The truth must prevail and the nation must know the black and white of this alleged spy.

Arshad Dec 08, 2016 02:02pm

Why not make some Indian a Foreign Minister rather so that covering interests of the enemy is more easy for the Administration.

Vivaan Dec 08, 2016 02:49pm

@CITIZEN .. FINALLY .. TRUE WORDS!!

yes Dec 08, 2016 03:06pm

@Thiru - In this entire world there are people who have lost humanity. Since charity begins at home you should try preaching concept of humanity to your countrymen first.

Shahzad Dec 08, 2016 03:14pm

Would our Indian friends say the same thing if an active Pakistani officer is caught in India?

chengaiz Dec 08, 2016 03:22pm

@Shahzad - Remember their response after Uri attack? Remember what they called us? Remember what Modi said in his speech about Balochistan?

You know the answer, don't you?

imdadali Dec 08, 2016 03:43pm

It is crystal clear that spy Kulbhushan Jadhav entered by fake id in country for evil design. During investigation he confessed his crime by informing about his future design and net work. Now what type of short comings have been observed by Adviser to PM on Foreign Affairs. It mean collected evidence against Jadhav is not enough or require more material so that issue could be taken up at international level against india. other thing is that dossier is yet to complete and requires investigation outcome. we should see the capturing of indian spy as great success and this matter should have been timely highlighted at different forms while the foreign visit of PM but the issue was kept silent. It is great achievement of our armed forces who arrested it and aware the national about the nefarious act to sabotage CPEC project. what type of more reports are required.

Kaushal Dec 08, 2016 03:52pm

He must be immediately released. He has a family, life and career waiting behind. To detain and torture innocents is the irreplaceable loss of humanity. However, with immediate release he deserve a compensation and apology from authorities.

Mudassar Dec 08, 2016 03:59pm

@imdadali It is common that rival countries operate spies in each others territories, and sometimes they get caught. Eventually, there is an exchange of prisoners that settles the imbroglio. It is rare that a spy is alleged of subversive activities. Moreover, a confession in captivity has little credibility in the world view. Solid evidence is required to prove culpability.

kpsh Dec 08, 2016 04:29pm

@DIL DIL PAKISTAN Recently returned from Dezful iran, there are many Indian & Chinese businessmen there. you didn't travelled the world that doesn't means that world doesn't exists

Desi Bhai Dec 08, 2016 04:56pm

I may have been critical of Dawn in past, but publishing these kind of story, it shows it's metal day in and day out. Well done!

Desi Bhai Dec 08, 2016 04:56pm

@سے Shaam (Hanafi) sane voice!

Sekhar Dec 08, 2016 05:30pm

Hats off done for publishing this news. Please help to realeasse this guy, if he is innocent...

UTPAL KUMAR BASU Dec 08, 2016 06:17pm

thank you dawn, & sartaj aziz sir, for telling the truth.

Ash Dec 08, 2016 06:43pm

Thanks for the story, Dawn. But I was expecting an editorial this morning.

Holidaywahala Dec 08, 2016 07:57pm

@DIL DIL PAKISTAN do you expect anyting else?

AamAdmi@Baluchistan.com Dec 08, 2016 07:59pm

World bank has cancelled funding (US$100M) to a project in Pakistan, which was to be carried out by Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC) in its distribution areas in Karachi, interior Sindh and Balochistan, was aimed at enhancing the supply of natural gas by reducing physical and commercial losses of gas in the pipeline system. I guess the project would have got necessary attention had it been for Punjab.

Unk Dec 08, 2016 08:56pm

@Muhammad Agree with you brother

Abraham Haque Dec 08, 2016 09:37pm

@Zak yes when we don't have evidence we will fabricate

Asif Ali Dec 09, 2016 06:26am

@imdadali ,"what type of more reports are required." they know more then you.