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India's network of extra-territorial killings has now gone global: FO
September 20, 2023

Pakistan says the news of Indian involvement in an extrajudicial killing in Canada has shown that India's network of extra-territorial killings has now gone global.

Responding to a question at her weekly media briefing in Islamabad today, Foreign Office Spokesperson Mumtaz Zahra Baloch said for decades, Indian intelligence agency RAW has been actively involved in abductions and assassinations in South Asia.

She said Pakistan has remained a target of a series of targeted killings and espionage by RAW. In December last year, Pakistan released a comprehensive dossier providing concrete and irrefutable evidence of India's involvement in the Lahore attack of June 2021. The attack was planned and executed by Indian intelligence.

She said in 2016, a high-ranking Indian military officer Commander Kulbhushan Yadav confessed his involvement in directing, financing and executing terror and sabotage in Pakistan.

Mumtaz Zahra Baloch said India's assassination of a Canadian national on Canadian soil is a clear violation of international law and the UN principle of state sovereignty.

She said it is also a reckless and irresponsible act that calls into question India's reliability as a credible international partner and its claims for enhanced global responsibilities.

Replying to another question about statements of Indian civil and military leadership against Pakistan, she said Pakistan has the capacity and will to defend itself. It has done in the past and it will continue to do so.

Answering yet another question about post-floods situation in Libya, the Spokesperson said the situation in Libya is human catastrophe and a terrible tragedy on which people of Pakistan are deeply concerned.

She said we have expressed our sympathies with the people of Libya and are in contact with the International Committee of the Red Cross on how Pakistan can offer assistance to Libya in these difficult circumstances.

The Spokesperson said Pakistan strongly condemns the recent storming of Al-Aqsa Mosque by a group of extremists under the watch of Israeli occupation forces. Pakistan reiterates its call upon the international community to act in concert to bring an end to Israel's escalatory practices in the interest of peace, security and stability in the Middle East and beyond.