No proof of India’s role in colonel’s abduction, Senate told

Agencies/Islamabad
June 9, 2017 INTERNATIONAL 306 Views
No proof of India’s role in colonel’s abduction, Senate told

The government on Wednesday informed the Senate that it had no conclusive proof of India’s involvement in kidnapping of Col (r) Habib from Nepal, so the case could not be taken to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on mere ‘assumptions’.
Frontier Regions Minister Lt-Gen (r) Abdul Qadir Baloch, concluding a debate on an adjournment motion on the kidnapping of Col (r) Habib said Pakistan had so far found no proof that India or any of its intelligence agencies had kidnapped the retired officer of Pakistan army. The government was in the process of finding conclusions in the case, he said.
The Senate chairman directed Adviser to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz to brief the house today (Thursday) regarding media reports about the kidnapping incident, Qatar crisis and recent happenings in Afghanistan. The chair left it to the adviser whether the briefing should be held in-camera or open for media.
The minister’s claim is contrary to the wide belief in Pakistan that Col (r) Habib was kidnapped by Indian intelligence agency, RAW, to bring Pakistan on the negotiation table for his exchange with Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav convicted in Pakistan on the charges of spying and terrorism. A number of media reports also suggest that RAW kidnapped Habib.
Responding to the demand of lawmakers that Pakistan should take this case to ICJ, the minister, who was responding on behalf of the adviser to the prime minister on foreign affairs, said the case could not be taken to ICJ on the basis of assumptions as this was against the international norms. Giving the details, Baloch said the retired officer reached Kathmandu through Oman and the people who received him there were Indian nationals.
However, this could not be ascertained whether these Indians worked for the government of India or not, he said, adding apparently they worked for a tourist firm.
Lt-Col (r) Habib had mysteriously gone missing while visiting Nepal for a job interview offered to him by a firm against a hefty salary. He has been missing since April 6 from there.

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