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Pakistan says ‘credible evidence’ links Indian agents to murder of 2 citizens

Islamabad, Jan 25 (EFE).- Pakistan claimed on Thursday to have “credible evidence” linking Indian agents to the killing of two of its citizens on Pakistani soil last year.

Foreign Secretary Muhammad Syrus Qazi told reporters in Islamabad that the murders involved a “sophisticated and sinister” campaign of “extra-territorial and extra-judicial killings” run by Indians inside Pakistan.

“We have credible evidence of the links between Indian agents and the assassination of two Pakistani nationals on Pakistani soil,” Qazi said.

The top diplomat asserted that the “killing-for-hire cases” were part of an international network spanning multiple jurisdictions, employing a modus operandi similar to alleged assassination plots in Canada and the United States, also attributed to Indian agents.

India has denied Canadian allegations and says it is probing into US accusations related to a foiled murder-for-hire plot to assassinate a prominent Indo-American Sikh leader in New York last year.

“Clearly, the Indian network of extra-judicial and extra-territorial killings has become a global phenomenon,” the Pakistani diplomat said.

The foreign office chief said Indian agents used technology and safe havens on foreign soil to commit assassinations in Pakistan.

He alleged that potential assassins were recruited using social media, talent spotters, and fake Islamic State militant accounts.

The foreign secretary said one of the assassinations occurred on Oct. 11 last year in Sialkot, in the eastern Punjab province, during which a group of criminals killed Shahid Latif outside a mosque in the city.

Another Pakistani national, Muhammad Riaz, was killed during morning prayers in a mosque in Rawalakot, in Pakistan-administered Kashmir, in September 2023.

Latif, an alleged leader of the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) militant outfit and a close aide to its founder, Maulana Masood Azhar, figured in India’s list of “terrorists.”

Riaz was accused by India of having been involved in militancy in its part of Kashmir governed by India.

India and Pakistan have long accused each other of fomenting trouble in their respective countries.

While New Delhi has long accused Islamabad of fomenting unrest and insurgency in the disputed Kashmir region, Islamabad alleges that Indian intelligence agencies were fueling separatist violence in the restive Balochistan province. EFE


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