The Pakistani media reported Wednesday that Sartaj Aziz, Advisor on Foreign Affairs to the Pakistan Prime Minister, admitted that the government was presented with “insufficient evidence” on alleged Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav who is under detention.
Hours later, the Pakistan foreign ministry said the statement attributed to Aziz was “absolutely incorrect”.
Indian government sources said they were yet to check the authenticity of the statement, although it was in line with the Indian point of view. “The Pakistan Senate is not in session,” a government source told The Indian Express.
Aziz was in Amritsar on December 3-4 for the Heart of Asia Conference which was addressed, among others, by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani.
Geo TV and Dawn reported that Aziz, while briefing the Senate about Pak-India relations and skirmishes along the LoC, said the dossier on Jadhav contained mere statements. “It did not have any conclusive evidence,” he was quoted saying.
“What the dossier contained was not enough. Now it is up to the concerned authorities how long they take to give us more matter on the agent,” Aziz told the Senate, the report said.
Jadhav, who was reportedly arrested in Balochistan on his entry from Iran, was accused by Pakistan of planning “subversive activities” in the country. The Pakistan Army had also released a “confessional video” of Jadhav who said he was a serving Indian Navy officer.
India has acknowledged Jadhav as a retired Navy officer, but denied the allegation that he was in any way connected to the government.
Responding to a media query on Aziz’s statement regarding Jadhav, the Pakistan foreign ministry spokesperson said that the statement attributed to the Advisor was “absolutely incorrect”.
“The Advisor had said that the investigations regarding the network of Kulbhushan Yadav are ongoing and the dossier shall be completed upon conclusion of the investigation. There is irrefutable proof against Kulbhushan Yadav, who had also made a public confession in March this year,” the ministry said.