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Pak FM claims India offered to swap Kulbhushan for Peshawar school attacker

Asif, however, did not specify the name of the terrorist and the National Security Advisor who had made the proposal

Press Trust of India 

Kulbhushan Jadhav
File photo of former Indian naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhav who has been sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of 'espionage'

received a proposal to swap Indian for a terrorist who carried out the horrific 2014 and is now jailed in Afghanistan, Foreign Minister has claimed.

Asif, however, did not specify the name of the terrorist and the Security Advisor who had made the proposal.

"The terrorist who killed children in APS (Army Public School) in Peshawar is in Afghan custody. The Security Advisor (NSA) told me that we can exchange that terrorist with the terrorist you have, which is Kulbhushan Jadhav," Asif told the audience after his speech at the Asia Society here yesterday.

He discussed Pakistan's vision for and approach towards regional peace and development during his conversion with author and journalist Steve Coll.

Asif said had suffered grievously from conflict and instability in

"Unless this cycle is reversed, we would continue to bear the brunt. No country, therefore, has a larger stake in seeing peace and stability return to than Regrettably, the situation in is getting worse," he said.

Jadhav, a 46-year-old retired Indian Navy officer, was in April sentenced to death by Pakistan's Field General Court Martial on charges of his alleged "involvement in espionage and sabotage activities" against

Asif said there was no military solution to He said had in the past done all it could to facilitate a political settlement.

"We have also done all that we could to make sure that Pakistani soil is not used against any country," he claimed.

"However, there are obviously clear limits to what we can do. We cannot take responsibility for Afghanistan's peace and security and be asked to achieve what the combined strength of some of the most powerful and richest countries could not accomplish," Asif said.

India has accused of violating the Vienna Convention by repeatedly denying consular access to Jadhav.

In a hearing of the case on May 18, a 10-member bench of the ICJ restrained from executing Jadhav.

has said that the Indian would not be executed until he has exhausted his mercy appeals.

The Taliban had claimed responsibility for the gruesome in 2014 in which nearly 150 people, mostly school children, were killed.

First Published: Thu, September 28 2017. 08:28 IST