ISLAMABAD:The Imran Khan government asked Afghanistan to hand over the recently arrested Islamic State terrorist, responsible for the deadly terror attack on Sikhs in Kabul to Pakistan.
Sources said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs summoned the ambassador of Afghanistan to Pakistan, asking for Aslam Farooqi’s custody.
Afghan security forces on April 5 had arrested Farooqi involved in the massacre of around 25 Sikhs in a terror attack on a gurudwara in Kabul on March 25.
As per an official statement, Islamabad sought Farooqi’s custody for investigation because he is allegedly involved in anti-Pakistan activities in Afghanistan.
The Pakistani government “underlined that the two sides should coordinate actions against the menace of terrorism, including through established mechanisms.”
However, according to Indian intelligence sources, Farooqi is closely associated with Pakistan-sponsored terror network in Afghanistan. The Pakistani security agencies, sources said, persuaded Farooqi to surrender only to get him freed using diplomatic channels with Afghanistan.
Incidentally, Pakistan security forces allowed former spokesperson for Taliban, Ehsanullah Ehsan, responsible for terror attacks on Malala Yousufzai and Peshawar Army Public, to escape from their custody recently.
Back on Tuesday, Pakistan had rejected Indian reports linking Islamabad to last month’s terrorist attack in Kabul, calling the attempt “highly mischievous and condemnable”.
“We reject the officially-inspired reports appearing in the Indian media seeking to link Pakistan with the terrorist attack on a Gurdawara in Kabul on 25 March 2020,” a spokesperson for the Foreign Office had said, adding that the country had “already strongly condemned the dastardly terrorist attack, in which so many precious lives were lost”.
But the demand for custody proves Indian reports.