Aware of Indian conspiracies to destabilise Pakistan, says Foreign Office

Islamabad, June 2 (IANS) A day after Pakistan President Mamnoon Hussain blamed India of “running away” from bilateral talks, the Foreign Office on Thursday accused New Delhi of conspiring “to create instability in Karachi and southern province of Balochistan”.

During a weekly press briefing, Foreign Office spokesperson Nafees Zakariya remarked that Islamabad will raise the issue of India’s alleged interference at every international fora.

He said “several arrests” were made after detained “Indian spy” Kulbhushan Jadhav’s “revelations” to the security agencies.

Zakariya added that “instead of a blame game, India must come to the table of talks in a positive way.”

President Hussain during his address to the National Assembly on Wednesday said that India-Pakistan Foreign Secretary level talks remained suspended as the “neighbour was running away” from dialogue.

“Despite Pakistan’s efforts for resumption of talks (with India) and its offer of joint probe in the Pathankot attack, the Foreign Secretary level talks are still suspended and Islamabad was concerned about it,” he added.

Pakistan detained a former Indian naval officer Jadhav in March in Balochistan. Islamabad claims he was an Indian spy.

India has denied the man was a spy.

In a video footage aired by Pakistani authorities, Jadhav claimed he had set up an office in Chabahar in southeast Iran in 2003 and later worked for the Indian spy agency.

Foreign Secretary level talks between the two nations have been stalled over the January 2 attack on India’s Pathankot air force base, which is blamed on Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohamed terror outfit.

–IANS

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