Some elements spreading ‘undignified’ rumours about Indian spy to undermine Pak-Iran relations: Tehran

Published: March 31, 2016
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Iran's President Hassan Rouhani speaks during a news conference in Islamabad, Pakistan, March 26, 2016. PHOTO: REUTERS

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani speaks during a news conference in Islamabad, Pakistan, March 26, 2016. PHOTO: REUTERS

Days after Pakistan arrested an Indian spy from Chaman, Iran on Thursday claimed some elements are trying to spread ‘undignified’ and ‘offensive’ rumours to undermine relations between Tehran and Islamabad.

“During the past few days, some sections of Pakistani media have spread contents regarding detention of an Indian agent and the matter related to it, which could have negative implications on the fraternal and friendly atmosphere of Iran and Pakistan,” the Iranian Embassy in Islamabad said in a statement.

General Raheel discusses RAW’s involvement in Balochistan with Rouhani

Last week, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani made his first visit to Islamabad since assuming presidency. During Rouhani’s visit, Army chief General Raheel Sharif raised the issue of Research and Analysis Wing’s (RAW) involvement in Pakistan’s internal affairs, especially in Balochistan. “Sometimes [RAW] also uses the soil of our brother country, Iran. I request they should be told to stop these activities and allow Pakistan to achieve stability,” the army chief was quoted as saying during his meeting with the Iranian president.

However, the press statement clarified, “The Islamic Republic of Iran during seven decades since independence of Pakistan has always proved itself as a confident partner and neighbour for that country and the western borders of Pakistan have never been threatened.”

It further reiterated that Iran considers its borders with Pakistan as borders of peace and friendship. “Security of Iran is security of Pakistan and security of Pakistan is security of Iran,” the statement added quoting the Iranian president during his visit to Islamabad.

Iran’s help sought to stop RAW-backed terror

“Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran believes spreading of such news items is the product of thinking which does not like further expansion of ties between the two countries and against fruitful materialisation of the agreements made during the visit of the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran and believes that Muslim and aware people of Pakistan attach special importance and value to the friendship and brotherly ties with Iran and spreading of undignified and insulting contents would not have impact on the positive and cordial views of two countries regarding each other,” it added.

A backchannel mechanism between the national security advisers (NSA) of Pakistan and India to discuss security and terrorism related issues is in danger of being scrapped after the name of Ajit Doval surfaced in the ongoing controversy surrounding the arrest of an Indian spy.

India rejects ‘tutored’ spy confession

Security officials claimed that Kulbhushan Yadav’s confessional statement has confirmed the Indian NSA’s role as being the architect of Research and Analysis Wing’s current policy of stoking violence in Pakistan, particularly in Balochistan.

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  • Cynic Waheed
    Mar 31, 2016 - 11:43AM

    One arrst and Pakistan has checked both India and Iran! Well played Pakistan. :)Recommend

  • Tp
    Mar 31, 2016 - 11:48AM

    So much for “peace talks” !!Recommend

  • Faisal
    Mar 31, 2016 - 11:50AM

    I agree its a trick to worse the relation between Pakistan and IRan.Recommend

  • ekureshi
    Mar 31, 2016 - 12:08PM

    Nothing but denial Iran said our hands are clean and Kubhushan was actually selling gold in iran not in india but still world asking why on earth he used fake passport for this purpose.n

    Uzair Baloch also got irani passport why ?

    there is 2 much mistrust between 2 countries and lets see how iran respond to pakistani concerns till now its out rightly in the state of denial.

    This attitude will not help building bridges between Iran and Pakistan,Recommend

  • Atif Khan
    Mar 31, 2016 - 12:43PM

    Iranians are hand in glove with Indians on this. This lame denial is not going to save them any embarrassment. Our relations won’t go bad because of this but relations aren’t good already, else you wouldn’t have been facilitating Indians into Baluchistan.Recommend

  • Vectra
    Mar 31, 2016 - 12:55PM

    That’s it, Pakistan should have got the message loud and clear by now and that message is what it considers or claims to be a ‘spy busting’ the world considers it to be ‘rumors’.

    India – “baseless allegations devoid of any fact and involves tutoring and abductions”
    Iran – “undignified and offensive rumours”
    World – “Do more to protect the innocent minorities killed in Lahore carnage”Recommend

  • Vectra
    Mar 31, 2016 - 12:57PM

    “During the past few days, some sections of Pakistani media have spread contents regarding detention of an Indian agent and the matter related to it, which could have NEGATIVE implications on the fraternal and friendly atmosphere of Iran and Pakistan,” the Iranian Embassy in Islamabad said in a statement.

    This is a warning to Pakistan in some sense and also this baseless rumors are likely to have NEGATIVE implications on the fraternal and friendly atmosphere of India and Pakistan as well.Recommend

  • Sonya
    Mar 31, 2016 - 1:08PM

    Talk about Modi’s visit to Saudi Arabia next week after a landmark visit to UAE last year. We must not forget UAE is a country that threatened Pakistan of consequences of saying No on Yemen. The message is ‘Pakistan is no dear’ to anyone, it must become an independent state and be sincere to itself. Gen Musharraf rightly said’ Pakistan first’.Recommend

  • Lord
    Mar 31, 2016 - 1:12PM

    @Faisal:
    who is playing the trick?Recommend

  • Vectra
    Mar 31, 2016 - 1:24PM

    Congratulation Pakistan army leadership for successfully denting the ties with both India and Iran created by involving personal efforts of PM Nawaz.Recommend

  • Acorn Guts
    Mar 31, 2016 - 1:28PM

    Times like these I realise how difficult it must be for Army, intelligence and civil govt. to get Pakistan back on track. There are so many powerful countries who have a hand in this bucket all at once.Recommend

  • Malik Saab
    Mar 31, 2016 - 1:53PM

    Iran is not an Innocent kid in the block. Iran has a long history of sabotage in neighboring countries. Also why so many Phony Indian companies are originating from Chahbahar.Iran ?. Something is definitely fishy here. According to many reports more than 20 Indian companies are operating in Iranian port near Pakistan. Interestingly these companies do not even have a website or any previous history. Obviously these are the frontcoverups for intelligence agencies of India.
    Iran wants to fail the Gwadar port so that Chahbahar will get all the traffic. It is a clear cut strategic move. Recommend

  • Pnpuri
    Mar 31, 2016 - 1:59PM

    Every country in world wants Pakistan to fight it’s battles. USA used it in Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia wants PakistAn to join it in its fights in Seria and Yemen. Probably China also has Such future role for Pakistan. iran expacts pakistan to stay away from saudis Pakistan has become international errand boy.Recommend

  • Infosysian
    Mar 31, 2016 - 2:19PM

    Mr.Rouhani, those who play with fire will be burned by it. This might perhaps be the last attempt at peace talks from India’s side. I can’t wait for this charade to end.Recommend

  • TP
    Mar 31, 2016 - 3:03PM

    Pakistan’s “agencies” have done a fine job. Saudis are happy and the uniformed ones are also smiling. The “peace talks” pushed by the civilian government lies in tatters.Recommend

  • Prada
    Mar 31, 2016 - 4:12PM

    @Malik Saab: “Also why so many Phony Indian companies are originating from Chahbahar.Iran ?.”
    Please stop spreading lies. Either you don’t know how to do an internet search or you’re just too lazy. Kandla Port Trust and Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust are two well-known companies in India that are entrusted with developing the Chabahar Port.Recommend

  • Tyggar
    Mar 31, 2016 - 5:08PM

    ISIS hostages also say on videos what their captors tell them to..Recommend

  • TruthHurtsc
    Mar 31, 2016 - 5:23PM

    Stop calling Iran a friendly nation! (Let alone brotherly nation). Whole world has seen how they backstabbed Sunnis in Syria, Yemen etc! They love to deal with Indians, the arch-enemies of not only Pakistan, but whole of Islam! Recommend

  • Prada
    Mar 31, 2016 - 6:15PM

    The deep-state strikes again. Maybe decisively this time. Recommend

  • Brainy Bhaijan
    Mar 31, 2016 - 6:24PM

    Such a pathetic war-focused foreign policy. We do not have good relations with any one around us.
    This isolationist agenda would bite this country very hard in the upcoming years. Only a matter of time, when we start finding Ministry of State Security (MSS – Chinese Spy Agency) agents working against the “perceived national security” of pakistan.
    The world is moving ahead, and our generals are pushing us a 1000 years backwards.Recommend

  • iHope
    Apr 2, 2016 - 8:00PM

    Very sad to see Modi’s did his spell on Iran too. If that’s what the President suggesting I don’t have high hopes of Pak Iran friendship going anywhere far and quick. We are simply loosing friends faster than we can make new. All friends are taken. Fools are busy showing-off their loot. Also, it’s alway “Indian” RAW, not an origin-less deceiving deceiving description. So Pak Army is against Pak-Iran friendship he thinks? Modi must ha e had a “long call” to Tehran.Recommend

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