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Atmar’s office contradicts Pakistan FM’s claim

Atmar’s office contradicts Pakistan FM’s claim

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Sep 30, 2017 - 02:03

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Afghan National Security Adviser Mohammad Haneef Atmar’s office on Friday said “there was no mention or reference to India or an Indian citizen during his meeting with the Pakistani foreign minister on 21 September in New York.”

A statement issued by the NSA office in Kabul said the two sides during the meeting (on Sept 21 at the United Nations Headquarters (UNHQ)) had detailed discussions on a variety of issues including bilateral cooperation.

“The two sides also discussed sanctuaries in Pakistaninfo-icon and exchange of the top five Talibaninfo-icon leaders detained in Pakistan.”

“There was no mention or reference to India or an Indian citizen," it said, adding Atmar was hopeful that the record of the meetings was reported accurately and facts were not "misconstrued" for confidence building in future.

The reaction came after Pakistan foreign minister Khwaja Muhammad Asif suggested that he received the proposal to swap Indian spy Kulbhushan Jhadav with a terrorist lodged in an Afghan jail, during his meeting with an NSA. However, Khwaja did not identify the NSA or the terrorist who was to be swapped.

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