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MEA issues demarche to Pakistan High Commissioner

MEA issues demarche to Pakistan High Commissioner

| | 10 Aug 2016, 12:08 am
New Delhi, Aug 9 (IBNS): The Indian Foreign Secretary on Tuesday summoned Pakistan High Commissioner Basit to Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) to grant consular access to an arrested Pakistani national.

A Pakistani national Bahadur Ali, son of Mohd. Haneef, resident of Lahore in Pakistan, was arrested by Indian authorities in the state of Jammu & Kashmir on July 25, 2016.

He was arrested with weapons (AK-47 rifle, live rounds, grenades, grenade launcher, etc.) as also sophisticated communication equipment and other material of Pakistani/international origin, a Ministry of External Affairs statement said.

According to MEA, "Bahadur Ali has confessed to our authorities that after training in Lashkar-e-Toiba camps, he was infiltrated into India."

"He was thereafter in touch with an ‘operations room’ of LeT, receiving instructions to attack Indian security personnel and carry out other terrorist attacks in India," the statement said.

The Government of India has "strongly protested" against the continued infiltration from Pakistan of trained terrorists with instructions to carry out attacks.

This is contrary to assurances given by the Pakistani leaders at the highest level.

Bahadur Ali, in a letter addressed to the Pakistan High Commissioner in New Delhi, has requested legal aid and assistance to meet his family.

"We are prepared to grant the Pakistan High Commission consular access to Bahadur Ali," the statement claimed.

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