General Raheel discusses RAW's involvement in Balochistan with Rouhani

Published: March 26, 2016
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Hassan Rouhani lauds 'phenomenal achievements' of Pakistan Army. PHOTO: TWITTER @ASIM BAJWA

Hassan Rouhani lauds 'phenomenal achievements' of Pakistan Army. PHOTO: TWITTER @ASIM BAJWA

ISLAMABAD: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif on Saturday discussed with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani the issue of Research and Analysis Wing’s (RAW) involvement in Pakistan’s internal affairs, especially in Balochistan.

Rouhani, who is on his first visit to Pakistan as a president, met the army chief to discuss matters of importance, the military’s media wing Inter-Services Public Relations said.

PM, Iranian president hold delegation-level talks in Islamabad

He also appreciated the achievements of Pakistan Army in the continuing offensive against militants in Fata, Operation Zarb-e-Azb.

“Matters of regional security, Pakistan-Iran relations, border security and connectivity were discussed during the meeting,” DG ISPR Asim Bajwa said.

Later, speaking to media, Rouhani urged Pakistan to step forward and progress with its part on the gas pipeline project, saying Iran was ready to provide the facility.

The two countries were tied in the bond of friendship and must move forward with the IP gas pipeline project after the sanctions get lifted, added the Iranian president.

Rouhani on the occasion also praised Pakistan’s sacrifices in the ongoing war on terror.

Meanwhile, responding over reports that the Iranian president rejected discussing RAW’s involvement in Pakistan with the army chief, ISPR released part text of conversation between General Raheel and Rouhani.

“There is one concern that RAW is involved in Pakistan, especially Balochistan and sometimes also use the soil of our brother country, Iran,” said the ISPR statement quoting army chief. “I request, they should be told to stop these activities and allow Pakistan to achieve stability.”

Interior minister meets Irani counterpart

Meanwhile, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar discussed the arrest of an Indian spy with Iranian counterpart Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli, who called on the former in Islamabad on Saturday.

Apprising Fazli about the Indian subversive activities, Nisar also discussed improving monitoring and security conditions at the border connecting the two countries, Express News reported.

Nisar also discussed bilateral relations and enhancing security cooperation as well as intelligence, and agreed to step up efforts to curb smuggling, human trafficking and organised crimes.

The interior ministers also decided to constitute a task-force under the supervision of the two countries, aimed at identifying mutual concerns and recommending measures to address these.

On Thursday, security forces arrested an Indian naval intelligence officer working for India’s premier intelligence agency, RAW.

“Kul Yadav Bhoshan, a commander-ranked officer in Indian Navy was working for RAW and was in contact with Baloch separatists and terrorists fuelling sectarian violence in Pakistan and Balochistan,” Sarfaraz Bugti told the media.

‘RAW officer’ arrested in Balochistan

Following the arrest, New Delhi denied on Friday having any links with the naval intelligence officer rounded up by security agencies in Balochistan on Thursday over suspicion of spying for RAW.

“The said individual has no link with government since his premature retirement from Indian Navy,” said a statement issued by India’s Ministry of External Affairs on Friday.

The ministry confirmed the matter was raised by Pakistan’s Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry with the Indian High Commissioner in Islamabad.

Pakistan, Iran to boosting bilateral trade to $5 billion by 2021

Addressing a Pakistan-Iran joint business forum in Islamabad, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Saturday said Pakistan and Iran enjoyed cordial relations and “by signing the five-year strategic action plan on Friday, we aim at boosting our bilateral trade to the level of $5 billion by 2021.”

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif meets Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. PHOTO: PID

Discussing Pakistan’s current economic conditions, the premier said, “Over the past three years, Pakistan’s economy has emerged from the crisis of extremism and energy shortages.

“We have achieved macro-economic stability and have moved towards sustained growth.”

Admitting that energy shortages along with security is the main concern for economists in the country, the premier reassured that Pakistan has initiated a number of power projects to overcome this problem.

Pakistan to trade with Iran in euros

“Pakistan government has made regional connectivity and trade a priority. We have ambitious plans to generate and spread prosperity within Pakistan, as well as the entire region through economic integration,” he stated.

Pakistan’s security is Iran’s security: Rouhani

Addressing the conference, the Iranian president appreciated the “hospitality and warm welcome of the Pakistani government.”

Reffering to bilateral relations between the two countries, the Iranian president said, “We believe that Pakistan’s security is Iran’s security.

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“We believe that economic development of Pakistan is in fact the economic development of Iran,” he stated while emphasising on the relationship between security and economic development.

“For economic development and prosperity of Pakistan in the area of technical engineering, Iran can help in the development of economic infrastructure, including railway, roads, dams and other areas,” Rouhani said.

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Reader Comments (22)

  • mirestan
    Mar 26, 2016 - 2:55PM

    India is maintaining a consulate in Zahidan, Indian hub to stage infiltration to brake up Pakistan Part Two. This was approved by Indra Gandhi in 1965 after a brief war India succeeded in Part one successfully dismantlement of East Pakistan. These comments are just a brief story.Recommend

  • Vectra
    Mar 26, 2016 - 3:41PM

    The timing of capture just one day before Iran president visit and complaining him say it all and looks all pre-planned and as per script.Recommend

  • Prada
    Mar 26, 2016 - 4:03PM

    Rouhani and Iran are much closer to India than they are to Pakistan. Even during sanctions, India did business with Iran.Recommend

  • Vectra
    Mar 26, 2016 - 5:54PM

    India has debunked allegations that a former navy officer who Pakistan claims was arrested in Balochistan is an agent of its foreign intelligence agency RAW or the Research and Analysis Wing and has demanded consular access to speak to him “to assess the truth”.

    Sources in the government have told NDTV that there is no proof that the former navy officer, who now runs a small cargo business in Dubai, was arrested in Balochistan. The government believes, sources added, that he could have been arrested after he strayed into Pakistan waters.

    Yesterday, India had acknowledged that the arrested man served with the navy, but denied that he is a RAW agent. “The individual has no link with government since his premature retirement from Indian Navy,” said the Foreign Ministry in a statement

    So he is not arrested from Balochistan at all as claimed by Pakistan.Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Mar 26, 2016 - 6:50PM

    Prada. Not this time. This time iranians dont have choice. Recommend

  • Mostly Bull
    Mar 26, 2016 - 8:09PM

    Oh well, we’ve now started printing Euros now, have we ?…….If indeed we have, why not just make it the currency of Pakistan…..!!!!!

    Seriously…!!!Recommend

  • Hameed
    Mar 27, 2016 - 1:10AM

    Rouhani has denied this was discussed.Recommend

  • Tyggar
    Mar 27, 2016 - 1:55AM

    Entertainment for RouhaniRecommend

  • Babbarsher Khan
    Mar 27, 2016 - 2:30AM

    Who is leading the discussion with Iranian delegation, General Sahib or Nawaz Sahib? The way news comes from our beloved land, it seems General Sahib is the head of the government and Nawaz Sahib and his team, his civillian aides. New age Islami Jumhuriya – Jiye, Jiye!! Recommend

  • ekureshi
    Mar 27, 2016 - 3:16AM

    Who gave Iranian passport to Uzair baloch wanted outlaw criminal openly facilitating
    Baloch sepratists ?

    Why iran was demanding dubai to handover uzair baloch to them not to pakistan?

    People think COAS just gave such request without any proof or concrete evidence
    to iranian president.

    Unfortunately , Rohani will be only able to deliver pakistani worries to irani supreme council
    and supreme leader Khamnai tha pakistan not happy with irani establishment support for RAW
    activities in pakistanRecommend

  • ekureshi
    Mar 27, 2016 - 3:22AM

    How pakistan and india can be dearly brotherly countries to iran president rouhani?
    How come pakistan = india in the eyes of iran it can’t be accepted by pakistani people.Recommend

  • syed & syed
    Mar 27, 2016 - 3:50AM

    @Prada:India had courage to do business with Iran whereas Pakistan was working on US instructions Recommend

  • Prada
    Mar 27, 2016 - 6:19AM

    @Pakistani:
    Really? Just look up the headline in another major Pakistani website. Rouhani has categorically denied having discussed/heard anything about RAW or Indian involvement in anything. This is clearly a cooked-up story to counter the damaging revelations of Headley.Recommend

  • Anomic
    Mar 27, 2016 - 6:26AM

    @mirestan: “Indian hub to stage infiltration to brake up Pakistan Part Two. This was approved by Indra Gandhi in 1965 after a brief war India succeeded in Part one successfully dismantlement of East Pakistan. These comments are just a brief story.”

    It was 1971 war not 1965 war. Mr Lal Bahadur Shastri was India’s PM at the time.
    Oh well just 6 years is a minor detail in scheme of things, not a big deal.
    I guess pretty soon we will be told of Allama Iqbal and Quaid E Azam Skyping and texting each other about Allah Abad conference and Lahore resolution!
    Wouldn’t be surprised to learn that Muhammad Bin Qasim and his uncle Hajjaj were snap chatting too…who knows!
    Recommend

  • Raj - USA
    Mar 27, 2016 - 6:40AM

    “Meanwhile, responding over reports that the Iranian president rejected discussing RAW’s involvement in Pakistan with the army chief, ISPR released part text of conversation between General Raheel and Rouhani.”

    “Meanwhile, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar discussed the arrest of an Indian spy with Iranian counterpart Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli, who called on the former in Islamabad on Saturday.”

    COAS made a statement to Iranian President, Hassan Rouhani and Ch. Nisar made a statement to his Iranian counterpart, Abdolreza Rahmani Fazil. Rohani refused to discuss RAW using Iranian territory for operations in Pakistan and so did Fazil. Neither wanted to listen to Pakistan. Reason: Neither the Army Chief nor the political leader will carry any respect with others when they are themselves giving away Pakistan’s territory to China and allowing China to station its army in Pakistan.

    Saudis also have the same respect for Pakistan. Only that Saudis want Pakistani soldiers to fight and die for them in Syria. Russia showed how much respect it has for Pakistan just recently, by deporting 134 Pakistanis after treating them most insultingly.Recommend

  • Hari
    Mar 27, 2016 - 6:49AM

    Lol, now we know why all the spy business was cooked up.Recommend

  • mirestan
    Mar 27, 2016 - 7:18AM

    @Anomic:
    I do not know what history books you are reading. RAW was formed in 1968. to dismantlement of East and west Pakistan was handed over Raw. Process dis-mental Pakistan started right after 1965 war. Recommend

  • Dallas Alili
    Mar 27, 2016 - 7:30AM

    It is high-time that Pak-Iran have come to crossroad where they can benefit from trade. Iran like India can provide peace and stability in the region.

    Both Iran Afghanistan and India are our immediate neighbor the should all have the first shot as to how our policies are molded, Pakistan will always benefits more from them then being friends with Saudi Arabia who can only hand over charity money and executed Pakistanis who are mostly convicted with trumped up charges(ever heard of a westerner being executed?).

    Iran and India can also help Pakistan intellectually and Pakistan in turn can help Afghanistan. “There is an old saying that you can catch more bees with honey than with vinegar”Recommend

  • Omar Sadiq
    Mar 27, 2016 - 8:54AM

    @Vectra: Yes, he is not a RAW agent just as Kasab and any other individuals caught “as claimed” by your Indians are any ISI agents. Stop drinking contaminated ganga water, its trashed your brain cells!Recommend

  • Anomic
    Mar 27, 2016 - 12:08PM

    @mirestan:

    you must have graduated from Meera Advanced English Academy.
    Just read your own initial comment and then we will discuss what history books I read.
    Recommend

  • Tony Singh
    Mar 27, 2016 - 12:55PM

    @mirestan:
    1971 war was a culmination of what Pakistan started in 1965, nay 1948. Pakistani establishment had this weird notion that they are martial race and Indian ” Baniya” would not stand upto them. Oh how wrong they were. Not only Pakistan have to retreat in 1965 but then loose more than half of its territory in 1971.
    I hope that weird notion of “martial race” is firmly discarded by Pakistan and they are not living in fool’s paradise.Recommend

  • Amit Maji
    Mar 27, 2016 - 1:46PM

    @mirestan:
    A nervous pakistan is complaining to a country which has a very concrete relationship with India. Listen we know and we unofficially admit that we have some in issue in baloch.and why should not we have that? there in baloch have great unrest and we will of course take advantages of that. bcoz every thing is fair in love and war !Recommend

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