Pakistan says statement attributed to Sartaz Aziz on Kulbhushan Yadav 'absolutely incorrect'

| Updated: Dec 08, 2016 13:56 IST

Islamabad [Pakistan], Dec. 8 (ANI): The Pakistan Foreign Ministry has said that the statement attributed to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz on Kulbhushan Yadav is 'absolutely incorrect'. This comes after Pakistan media quoted Aziz, as saying that Islamabad does not have enough or conclusive evidence against Yadav, whom it has accused of being an "Indian spy". In response to a media query regarding the statement given by Aziz in the full Senate Chamber pertaining to Kulbhushan Yadav, a Foreign Office spokesman said the statement attributed to the Foreign Affairs Adviser is absolutely incorrect. The Foreign Office spokesman said Aziz had instead said that investigations regarding Yadav and his network are still ongoing and that the dossier on him shall be completed as soon as conclusions are reached. "There is irrefutable proof against Kulbhushan Yadav, who had also made a public confession in March this year," the Foreign Office said in its statement, adding that, "The Adviser also condemned the continued Indian interference in the internal affairs of Pakistan and urged the international community to take immediate notice." Yadav was arrested by the Pakistan authorities during a raid in Balochistan in March this year. According to the Pakistan Government, Yadav has admitted that he had been directing various activities in Karachi and Balochistan at the behest of India's external intelligence agency, the research And Analysis Wing (RAW) since 2013. Islamabad has also claimed that Yadav has confessed to playing a role in deteriorating the law and order situation in Karachi. The Indian government, on the other hand, has issued at least five to six note verbales to the Pakistan foreign ministry to get consular access to Yadav, but Islamabad has till now showed no signs of allowing it. Pakistan has claimed that Yadav is a commander-rank officer with the Indian Navy, while India maintains that he retired from the Navy in 2002 and has had nothing to do with the Indian government when he was arrested from Balochistan. India has denied that Yadav is a spy and maintains that he is a businessman. (ANI)
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