Pakistan's Foreign Minister has claimed that a proposal was made to swap Indian national
Kulbhushan Jadhav for a jailed terrorist in Afghanistan, who was responsible for the horrific 2014 Peshawar school attack.
"The terrorist who killed children in APS
Public School) in Peshawar is in Afghan custody. The National
Security Advisor (NSA) told me that we can exchange that terrorist with the terrorist you have, which is Kulbhushan Jadhav," Khawaja Muhammad Asif told a New York audience yesterday.
The minister made this claim in response to a question during his appearance at the Asia Society.
However, he did not specify the name of the terrorist or the NSA
he was referring to.
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 Pakistan.
"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 Afghanistan
Regrettably, the situation in Afghanistan
is getting worse," he said.
Asif said there is no military solution to Afghanistan. Pakistan
has in the past done all it could to facilitate a political settlement.
India has accused Pakistan
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 Pakistan
from executing Jadhav.
has said that the Indian national
would not be executed until he has exhausted his mercy appeals.
Taliban had claimed responsibility for the horrific Peshawar school attack in 2014 in which nearly 150 people, mostly school children, were killed.
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