Sharif to raise issue of RAW’s involvement in Pak during US visit, says Interior Minister

Islamabad: Pakistan’s Interior Minister has said that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will raise the issue of RAW’s involvement in Pakistan during his upcoming visit to the United States.

Sharif is expected to arrive in the US on October 20 at the invitation of the US President Barack Obama and will be meeting him on October 22.

Addressing a news conference in Islamabad, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan outlined the agenda that has been chalked out for the visit between officials of the two countries.

He said Pakistan would also try to allay the concerns of friends like Afghanistan who are being led to believe that Pakistan has a hand in terrorist activities in the war-torn country.

“We have security concerns about RAW’s involvement in Pakistan and it is blatant. Over there (in the US), we are going to say that Pakistan is only being blamed for non-state actors carrying out activities in India. But that is just an allegation; it has never been proven,” said Khan.

“On the other hand, Indian departments have themselves confessed that their state actors are carrying out terrorism in Pakistan. What bigger proof can there be? We have shared this with the UN and we will share it in America. God willing, Pakistan’s stance will be presented before America in very clear terms,” he added.

Last month, after a deadly bombing in Kabul that claimed scores of lives, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani strongly criticised Pakistan. Khan said Pakistan was itself the greatest victim of terrorism and it had solid evidence of RAW’s involvement in fuelling terrorism in Pakistan.