Pakistan Accuses India of Orchestrating Assassinations on Its Soil

The tensions between Pakistan and India have escalated as Pakistan’s Foreign Secretary Muhammad Syrus Sajjad Qazi accused India of masterminding a series of assassinations on Pakistani soil. In a press briefing in Islamabad, Qazi presented a detailed account of two incidents in Sialkot and Rawalkot, where Pakistani nationals were targeted and killed in orchestrated attacks allegedly linked to Indian agents.

According to Qazi, the Indian government is running a “sophisticated and sinister” assassination campaign, which is being carried out by Indian agents operating from foreign territories. These agents reportedly utilized social media platforms, particularly Telegram, and financial networks to recruit individuals for these operations. The assassinations were carried out with meticulous planning, including the recruitment of local criminals in Pakistan and the formulation of detailed exit strategies to evade detection.

The first case detailed by Qazi involved the assassination of Shahid Latif in Sialkot on October 11, 2023. The operation was allegedly directed by Indian agent Yogesh Kumar, who orchestrated the assassination from a third country. Local criminals were initially recruited to execute the plan, but after their failure, Muhammad Umair, a laborer in the third country, was sent to Pakistan to personally carry out the killing. Pakistani authorities swiftly apprehended the assailants, including Umair, based on confessional statements and technical evidence.

The second case pertained to the killing of Muhammad Riaz during Fajr prayers in a mosque in Rawalkot on September 8, 2023. The assassin, Muhammad Abdullah Ali, was arrested at Jinnah International Airport in Karachi. Interrogations revealed that Ali was recruited and guided by Indian agents Ashok Kumar Anand and Yogesh Kumar. Payments, weapons, and ammunition were allegedly provided to Ali through Telegram by the Indian agents.

The Pakistani government is currently pursuing legal action against those involved in these assassinations and is in communication with the governments of the relevant third countries regarding the matter. Qazi emphasized that these incidents not only violate Pakistan’s sovereignty but also breach international law and the UN charter. He called for India to be held accountable on the international stage for these actions.

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