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Quetta blast: No finger-pointing on RAW without solid proof, says Sartaj Aziz

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister’s Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz said on Friday that Pakistan would not want finger-pointing on Indian Intelligence Agency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) for Quetta attack.

Addressing a press conference here, he said that Pakistan has found several clues regarding RAW’s involvement in the recent Quetta terrorist incident but it still needs a solid proof.

“Though several clues pointed to the involvement of Indian intelligence agency RAW in the recent Quetta terrorist incident; however “Pakistan would not want finger-pointing without solid proof”,” Aziz said.

The adviser also said that the Indian serving officer Kulbhushan Yadav who was arrested from Balochistan on spying charges was running a network in Pakistan and investigations were in progress to find his links with the Quetta incident.

Aziz said that a close collaboration between Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and Afghan National Directorate of Security (NDS) would help check terrorist activities on Pak-Afghan border.

“ISI-NDS working relationship would result in effective border management with Afghanistan,” he said adding that a trust-worthy exchange of information and intelligence sharing would check the inflow of terrorists.

Sartaj Aziz said the response by Pakistani border forces in retaliation to firing from terrorists and drug smugglers to trespass, was often mistaken by Afghan side as unprovoked firing from Pakistan.


M M Alam

M. M. Alam is a Pakistan-based working journalist since 1981. Karachi University faculty gold medalist Alam began his career four decades ago by writing for Dawn, Pakistan’s highest circulating English daily. He has worked for region’s leading publications, global aviation periodicals including Rotors (of USA) and vetted New York Times as permanent employee of daily Express Tribune. Alam regularly covers international aviation and defense-related events including Salon Du Bourget (France), Farnborough (United Kingdom), Dubai (UAE). Alam has reported thousands of events and interviewed hundreds of people in Pakistan, UAE, EU, UK and USA. Being Francophone Alam also coordinates with a number of French publications.