No ‘concrete evidence’ if India abducted ex-Colonel, says Pakistan minister

Qadir Baloch also said that the Foreign office was trying to obtain 'solid evidence' to solve the case. The ministry has also asked the Nepalese government to get in touch with the three Indians who are said to have received Habib at the Kathmandu airport.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published:June 8, 2017 4:38 pm
Col Muhammad Habib Zahir, Kulbhushan Jadav, ICJ, Abdul Qadir Baloch, Indian intelligence Habib’s disappearance from Nepal has been widely linked in the Pakistani media to the death sentence given by a Pakistani military court to Kulbhshan Jadhav. (Representational Image)

The ICJ or the UN cannot be approached in the alleged abduction case of the retired Pakistan Colonel as there is no ‘concrete evidence’ suggesting India’s role behind it, said a Pakistan minister. Minister for States and Frontier Regions Abdul Qadir Baloch told the parliament that it was yet to be established that Lt Col Muhammad Habib Zahir had been picked up by the Indian intelligence agencies.

Colonel Habib disappeared near Nepal’s border with India on April 6 where he had apparently gone for a job interview. His disappearance from Nepal has been widely termed by Pakistani media as a revenge by India to the death sentence given by a Pakistani military court to Kulbhshan Jadhav.

“No final report suggesting that the Indian intelligence agency or the Indian government was involved is available with the Foreign Office or the government,” the Dawn newspaper quoted him as saying.

When asked by the Senate Chairman if the Foreign office was discharging India of the kidnapping charges, Baloch said, “We are hundred per cent sure that Indian intelligence agency RAW is behind the kidnapping but the evidence to this effect is not final.” He also said that the kidnapping of Col Habib could have a link with the conviction of alleged Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav, but stressed that material was required to prove the matter legally.

Qadir Baloch also said that the Foreign office was trying to obtain ‘solid evidence’ to solve the case. The ministry has also asked the Nepalese government to get in touch with the three Indians who are said to have received Habib at the Kathmandu airport. He also added that it was yet to be ascertained if the three individuals were government officials or civilians. He also expressed his ‘helplessness’ and alleged non-cooperation from Nepal, for the delay in solving the kidnapping case. Opposition leader Aitzaz Ahsan also said that, unlike in the past, Nepal, was not cooperating on the issue of Habib.

 

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    Kay Kann
    Jun 9, 2017 at 7:54 am
    There is no doubt that Habib was abducted from Nepal by RAW. Indians thinks they can leverage him over Indian monkey Kulbushan. They are dreaming.
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    N ATARAJA Nv
    Jun 8, 2017 at 8:19 pm
    Nepal has a free border with India. Any stani who enters Nepal can easily mix with the local population and cross over to India. We should give a serious thought to it. We have a very big stake in this border management with Nepal. Some mechanism should be evolved before it goes out of hand.
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    Shafted mohammed
    Jun 8, 2017 at 7:06 pm
    India should now send a notice to ICC that on serious terrorism charges India would revoke diplomatic status and try the diplomat on terrorism charges so that if jadhav is hanged or not alive then India should try Abdul Basit where there is ample evidence and do a quick trial and hang him.
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    RANA
    Jun 8, 2017 at 6:58 pm
    yes we Indians have him and if kulbhushan is hanged we will kill him in most gruesome manner and feed his body to our street dogs....imagine on the day of Qayamat allah trying to raise him from tur.ds of dog po.o
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    l s
    Jun 8, 2017 at 6:51 pm
    He is in India, but no one from stan will get to know any information on him. He is in top secret place under heavy protection. The day stan kills Kulbhushan, then it will be the last day of the stani colonel. Remember that. One for one.
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    S/Major/Hony Lt
    Jun 8, 2017 at 5:12 pm
    Well hand over the Colonel to Army for a Court Martial. Right thing to get Kulbhushan free from Stan clutches.
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