Pakistan rules out deal on RAW spy Kulbhushan Jadhav


ISLAMABAD: The Foreign Office (FO) on Thursday strongly rejected any deal on Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav, saying the decision of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) would be implemented in accordance with the law of land.

“Absolutely, no deal on Kulbhushan. We will honour the ICJ judgement in light of the law of Pakistan and there should be no doubt about it,” FO Spokesman Dr Muhammad Faisal said at a weekly press briefing at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The FO spokesman endorsed an earlier statement of the Director General Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) that rejected speculations about an amendment in Pakistan Army Act to implement the ICJ verdict regarding the serving Indian navy commander.

The United Nations’ top court based in The Hague, Netherlands in its final decision on July 17 this year after two-year-long proceedings had ruled “an effective review and reconsideration of the death sentence by Pakistan, by the means of its own choosing of legislation”.

The FO spokesman said Kartarpur Corridor was open for visit by any citizen of Pakistan, however clarified that media crew would require a prior security clearance for its equipment.

On the first day of its opening, around 12,000 persons from India and Pakistan visited the Gurdwara, whereas up to 5,000 will be allowed in future on a daily basis, he said.

On recent decision of Indian Supreme Court in Ayodhya case, the spokesman said the “dangerous precedent had put all mosques across India under threat”.

“After Ayodhya case, the veneer of the so-called image of secular India has been completely shredded,” he said.

He said Pakistan strongly condemned the 1992 demolition of Babari Mosque where Muslims used to pray for since the last 450 years and added that it would raise voices at different levels against the decision of the Indian judiciary that permitted construction of temple at the site.

The FO spokesman said India had cornered itself after its wrong decision of abrogating the special status of Jammu and Kashmir by scrapping Article 370 and 35-A.

He called upon the international community to pressurise India on lifting the three-month-long continuous curfew and internet blockade and also release the detained Kashmiri leaders.

He rejected the notion that Pakistan had toned down its protest on Kashmir, saying there was no change in its policy.

“Pakistan is not inching back from its stance on Kashmir and will always stand by it,” he added.

About 265 fake websites run by India in over 60 countries for propaganda including targeting Pakistan, the spokesman said the study by an independent organization was a manifestation of the fact that “nothing good could be expected” from India.

Asked update on inquiry related to entry of social media star Hareem Shah into the briefing room of the Foreign Affairs Ministry, the spokesman said, “We have ascertained the facts and all necessary measures have been taken to prevent occurrence of any such incidents in future.