Chaudhary Nisar Ali Khan urges media not to link spy’s arrest with Iran442 views
ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali called upon media to refrain from linking the arrest of an Indian spy with Pakistan-Iran ties.
“I appeal to our patriotic media that it should not create an impression as if Iran was the facilitator of RAW’s activities in Pakistan,” Nisar told a press conference in Islamabad.
“On the one hand, there was a positive visit of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to Pakistan, but on the other hand, a section of media ran negative stories about the arrest of RAW agent Kulbhushan Jadhav.
He said that there should be no room for kite-flying regarding Pakistan-Iran ties.
“Our ties with Iran are by no means linked with the arrest of a spy. He wasn’t facilitated by the Iranian government,” he said.
Some elements, he noted, want to harm the positive ties between the two neighborly countries.
“Iran is not involved in anti-Pakistani activities. In fact, the Iranian president termed Pakistan’s security as Iran’s security,” he pointed out
The interior minister said that Iranian ambassador to Islamabad met him and complained about the reporting in a section of media.
He further said that Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) had proposed that Pakistan should play the role of mediators in Iran-Saudi row.
“We will take up our concern with Iran on table, not in media,” he said.
Nisar denies ‘secret’ meeting with COAS
He said that a section of print media published reports that Interior Minister and Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif held a secret meeting with Chief of the Army Staff General Raheel Sharif.
“We hold frequent meetings with the army chief regarding national action plan and other security issues. It wasn’t a secret meeting at all as we met the army chief during daytime at 3pm.”
The interior minister, however, did not reveal the content of the meeting.
The Interior Minister said that former President Pervez Musharraf was placed on exit control list on the order of Supreme Court.
The government, he said, had rejected three applications of Musharraf to go abroad.
On the issue of Musharraf, he said that the PPP government did nothing for five years.
“Musharraf was also an accused of Benazir Bhutto murder case. Why was his name put on the ECL by the PPP government?” he questioned.
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