India reacts to the Pakistan Foreign Minister statement on Kulbhushan Yadav swap
NEW DELHI - India on Friday termed as an “imaginary lie and story” Pakistan’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, Hindustan Times has reported.
“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 said at a weekly media briefing here.
“You have seen what happened at the UN General Assembly -- 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,” the MEA Spokesperson said.
Kumar said he would normally not comment on a purported conversation between two personalities 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.“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,” Asif said on Tuesday.