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'A litany of falsehood unleashed on me': Hamid Ansari hits back at BJP on row over Pak journalist
Hamid Ansari
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'A litany of falsehood unleashed on me': Hamid Ansari hits back at BJP on row over Pak journalist

| @indiablooms | 13 Jul 2022, 11:53 pm

New Delhi/IBNS: Former Vice President Hamid Ansari has hit back at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for accusing him of inviting a shady Pakistani journalist to India when he held the position.

Ansari in a statement said "a litany of falsehood has been unleashed on me" and denied meeting or even inviting Pakistani journalist Nusrat Mirza, who is suspected of having links with Pakistan's spy agency Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI).

He rejected allegations made by the BJP citing comments of a former spy agency Research and Analysis Wing official that he compromised national interest as India's Ambassador to Iran.

"Yesterday and today a litany of falsehood has been unleashed on me personally in sections of the media and by the official spokesperson of the Bharatiya Janata Party: that as Vice President of India I had invited the Pakistani journalist, Nusrat Mirza. That I had met him in a conference in New Delhi on 'terrorism', and that while as Ambassador to Iran, I had betrayed national interest in a matter for which allegations have been made by a former official of a government agency," Ansari said in the statement.

"It is a known fact that invitation to foreign dignitaries by the Vice President of India are on the advice of the government generally through the Ministry of External Affairs. I had inaugurated the conference on terrorism on December 11, 2010...As is the normal practice the list of invitees would have been drawn by the organisers. I never invited him or met him," the former Vice President said.

"My work as Ambassador to Iran was at all times within the knowledge of the government of the day..." he said in the statement.

This comes as BJP spokesperson Gaurav Bhatia earlier in the day in a press conference asked Ansari and the Congress to respond to the claims of Mirza that he visited India five times during the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) rule and passed on sensitive information collected in India to Pakistan's ISI.

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