New Delhi, Sep 29: India on Friday describedPakistan’s Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif’s claim that an offer was received to swap Indian prisoner Kulbhushan Jadhav for a terrorist behind the Army Public School attack in Peshawar in 2014, as an “imaginary lie and cooked story”.
“You have already seen a press release issued by the Afghan National Security Adviser’s office. If you have gone through the press release, it seems this is one more addition to the long list of imaginary lies and stories created by the Pakistani establishment,” External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar told media.
Referring to Pakistan’s lie at the UN General Assembly, he said how a fake picture was shown to be from India but it turned out to be from another country. So, another lie has been added to the series of lies.
Kumar said he would normally not say anything on a purported conversation between two leaders but was making an exception in this case.
Asif had claimed that an offer was received to swap Jadhav for a terrorist behind the Peshawar Army Public School attack in 2014, who, he (Asif) asserted, was now in Afghanistan’s custody.
Earlier, on Tuesday, Asif said “The terrorist who killed children in APS (Army Public School) is in Aghan custody. The NSA told me we can exchange that terrorist with a terrorist we have, which is Kulbushan Jadhav.”
Kulbhushan Jadhav is former Indian Navy officer, was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court for allegedly spying for India.
However, New Delhi has denied that Jadhav was working for Indian intelligence and has approached to the International Court of Justice to stop his execution.
Responding to another question, Kumar stated India has time and again asked Pakistan to not allow terrorists to operate from its land and to dismantle terror infrastructure on its soil.