Don't want to attract headlines by commenting on Jadhav: Ex-Pak foreign minister

| Updated: Aug 23, 2017 11:20 IST

New Delhi [India], Apr. 11 (ANI): While asserting that he did not know about alleged Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav who has been sentenced to death by the Pakistan military court, former foreign minister of Pakistan Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri on Tuesday said he didn't want to generate negative headlines by commenting on issues which have nothing to do with the purpose for which he came to India. "I think a lot of responsibility rests on the media. It is very easy to ask a question and give a headline the other day. I do not wish to generate negative headlines. I have come here for a purpose. So, I am not going to talk on issues which will generate headlines tomorrow and which have nothing to do with what we are discussing here. I don't even know about Kulbhushan. I found out about him in India. I don't know anything about that," Kasuri said at 'Improving Indo-Pak Relations' programme here. Earlier in the day, before going for the event, Kasuri had said, "Even Pakistanis are being tried by military courts." Earlier also the former Pakistan foreign minister evaded questions on the burning issue of Kulbhushan Jadhav. "I have come for a certain purpose and I will not speak about it," Kasuri told ANI. Kasuri said that he had come to speak on Indo-Pakistan relations despite the fact that conditions between the two countries are not good. "I have come here despite the fact that conditions between the two countries are not good particularly Kashmir valley in view. My views are quite clear and I'm not going to be distracted," he added. India had earlier summoned Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit and issued a demarche against Pakistani military court for awarding death sentence to alleged Indian spy Kulbhsuan Jadhav. The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said the Indian High Commission in Islamabad was not even informed about Jadhav's trial in the court. The Ministry added that the subsequent presence of Jadhav, who was kidnapped last year from Iran, has never been explained credibly by the Pakistani authorities. "The proceedings that have led to the sentence against Jadhav are farcical in the absence of any credible evidence against him. Senior Pakistani figures have themselves cast doubt about the adequacy of the evidence," an official release stated. Jadhav, who was arrested in March last year by Pakistan and accused by the country of spying, was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court yesterday triggering tension between India and Pakistan. (ANI)