ISLAMABAD: Pakistan, on Tuesday, firmly rejected news reports circulating in Indian media, trying to link Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) with a suicide attack on a gurdwara in Kabul that killed around 25 people.
At least 25 people were killed in an attack on gurdwara on March 25 where worshipers were praying at dawn. The attack has been claimed by ISIS militant groups.
According to a report published in India today on April 5, an Afghan spy agent, the National Security Directorate (NDS), arrested Abdullah Orakzai alias Aslam Farooqi – the mastermind behind the attack – who, he said, had links to the ISI.
The publication also added that Orakzai “enjoyed a close relationship” with the Haqqani and Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) networks.
Responding to the report, Foreign Office Spokesperson Aisha Farooqui, in a statement, said it had rejected “officially inspired reports” and called the move “naughty and condemnable”.
Celebrating these stories as part of a “famous dirty campaign against Pakistan”, Farooqui said this was “clearly designed to slander Pakistan”.
“Seeking Pakistan’s involvement in this terrorist attack is part of a desperate attempt by India to divert attention from its own unacceptable actions and state terrorism in India-occupied Jammu & Kashmir.”
Farooqui said Pakistan remained “confident that such an Indian method would not succeed in misleading the world community”.
Interestingly, the same publication has published a report on March 27, two days after the attack, admitted that one of the bombers was an Indian citizen from Kerala. The publication also acknowledged that the bomber was recruited by ISIS, implicitly acknowledging a network of terrorist organizations in India, something independent political observers have said for some time now.
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Earlier in the day, FO welcomed joint statements from six international human rights organizations, calling on the Indian government to immediately release all detainees illegally detained in Kashmir held and fully restore internet and communication facilities in the valley.
In a series of tweets, Spokesperson Farooqui said: “The Joint Statement correctly underlines that measures to combat # COVID19 must respect the human rights of every individual.”
Farooqui also said that the release urged political prisoners, the majority of whom were Muslims, who were arrested after the Indian government unilaterally annexed the mountain valley on August 5 last year.
“The statement underlines allegations of torture of Kashmiri prisoners as part of a pattern of violations over decades that has been repeatedly condemned by HR & UN agencies.”
Expressing concern at the isolation of prisoners from the outside because of 2 blackout commissions & a ban on prison visits, the statement underlines that allegations of torture against Kashmiri prisoners as part of a pattern of violations over decades have been repeatedly condemned by HR & UN agencies. 3/3
– Spokesperson 🇵🇰 Ministry of Foreign Affairs (@ForeignOfficePk) April 7, 2020
Pakistan has repeatedly called on the Indian government to lift restrictions on the occupied valleys and to free prisoners who are illegally detained.
Recently, as the number of coronavirus cases in the disputed region continues to increase, the Foreign Office has returned stated deep concern over continuing restrictions despite around 123 confirmed cases and two deaths reported.
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