Pak reaffirms Kashmir as core issue
Refuses to give consular access to captured Yadev
NEW DELHI—In a clear message to India, Pakistan Foreign Secretary Aizaz Chaudhry on Tuesday told his Indian counterpart S. Jaishankar that Pakistan cannot give consular access to apprehended RAW agent Kulbhushan Yadev.
Jadev, an Indian Navy officer and agent of the Research and Analysis Wing, was captured near Chaman town on March 3 this year. He has already confessed to involvement in subversive activities in Pakistan in a video released by the authorities.
During his meeting with Jaishankar on the sidelines of Heart of Asia Conference in New Delhi, Aizaz Chaudhry stated that the Indian spy was being interrogated in the light of his confessional statement, thus, consular access cannot be granted as it is matter of the national security, sources told.
Expressing serious concern over the RAW‘s involvement in subversive activities in Balochistan and Karachi, he said such acts undermine efforts to normalize relations between the two countries.
Kashmir remains a core issue that requires a “just solution under United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions and wishes of the people of the valley”, Aizaz Chaudhry told his Indian counterpart .
Aizaz Chaudhry also conveyed concern over the efforts by the Indian authorities for the re- lease of the prime suspects of the Samjhauta Express blasts.
He pointed that despite repeated requests India had not shared with Pakistan the investigation reports of Samjhauta incident in which 42 Pakistanis had lost their lives.
He said that the goodwill generated by the recent high level contacts the two countries should remain committed to a sustained meaningful and comprehensive dialogue process.
The Foreign Secretary underscored the need for early commencement of comprehensive dialogue for which the Indian Foreign Secretary’s visit to Pakistan is due.
He also underscored Pakistan’s commitment for friendly relations with all its neighbours including India in line with the vision of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
On the other hand, India asked Pakistan to rein in terrorist groups operating from its soil and targeting India, expressing dissatisfaction with action taken so far against suspects of an attack on the Pathankot air force base in January.
“India’s FS (foreign secretary) emphasised the need for early and visible progress on the Pathankot terrorist attack investigation as well as the Mumbai case trial in Pakistan,” Indian External Affairs Ministry spokesman Vikas Swarup
said. Terrorist groups based in Pakistan must not be allowed to operate with impunity, the MEA said in a statement.
S Jaishankar told Aizaz Chaudhary, that it “cannot be in denial” on the impact of terrorism on the bilateral relations between the two countries.
“All outstanding issues, including the Jammu and Kashmir dispute came under discussion,” according to the Foreign Office. The foreign secretary emphasised Kashmir remains the core issue that requires just solution under United Nations Security Council resolutions and wishes of the Kashmiri people.
Meanwhile, Jaishankar emphasised the need for early and visible progress on Pathankot assault probe as well as Mumbai attack trial in Pakistan, a press release issued by India’s ministry of external affairs said.
The Indian diplomat also pressed for a consular access to Yadev, an Indian spy in custody of law enforcement agencies in Pakistan. Discussions also covered humanitarian issues, including those pertaining to fishermen and prisoners, and people to people contacts.
NEW DELHI: Pakistan Foreign Secretary Aizaz Chaudhry and Indian Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar shaking hands before start of meeting