Foreign hand can’t be ruled out in Quetta attack: FO

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ISLAMABAD, Aug 11 (APP): The Foreign Office on Thursday said the involvement of foreign element could not be ruled out in the Quetta terrorist attack.

“India has been involved in subversive activities in
Pakistan,” Spokesman Nafees Zakaria said in response to a question on Indian intelligence agency RAW’s hand behind the recent terrorist attack on a Quetta hospital that claimed 70 lives.

The Spokesman said investigations by intelligence agencies
were underway, adding that the confessional statement of Indian serving naval officer Kalbhushan Yadav had vindicated Pakistan’s stance on Indian involvement.

He said the Pakistan government not only at present, but
several foreign secretaries in the past had also pointed that “our neighbour” was financing terrorist activities.

When asked on India’s statement of arresting a Pakistani
Bahadur Ali for intruding into Kashmir, the Spokesman rejected the claim, saying Pakistan would not allow anyone use its soil against any other country.

He mentioned that Pakistan was already the victim of terrorism and did not support terrorist activities.

Zakaria said Pakistan remained concerned about the constant human rights violations in Indian-held Kashmir and would continue to raise question on the presence of 700,000 Indian security personnel in the valley.

He said supporting Pakistan’s stance, the brutal killings of
Kashmiris was duly condemned by international community including OIC Secretary General, the United Nations, China, Azerbaijan, Turkey, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch.

On Punjab government’s helicopter that crash-landed in
Afghanistan on July 4, the Spokesman said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs was in constant touch with Pakistan embassy in Kabul and the Afghan authorities, for the early rescue of crew.

He said the crew was safe as updated by the Afghan government.

The Spokesman regretted the statement of Afghan President
Ashraf Ghani regarding Pakistan’s counter-efforts and said such hostile statements were unhelpful and served the purpose of those who were against peace in Afghanistan.

He said Pakistan, being the host of Afghan refugees for last
35 years, remained committed to facilitating every effort for peace in Afghanistan and in the region.

About the black-listed U.S citizen Mathew Craig Barret
detained in Islamabad, the Spokesman said the issue was being dealt by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) and the Ministry of Interior.

He said the visa was issued by Pakistan’s Consulate in Housten and the matter was under investigation to fix the responsibility.

On Pakistani workers stranded in Saudi Arabia, he said the
government was cognizant of the issue and was taking every step to facilitate them.