Fawad Ch wants details of Nawaz meeting with Afghan NSA be made public
Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry Saturday demanded the audio and transcripts of the meeting between former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif with Afghan national security adviser in London to be made public, reported 24News HD TV channel.
Addressing a press conference flanked by Adviser to Prime Minister on Interior and Accountability Shahzad Akbar in Islamabad, the information minister expressed reservations and doubts over former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s meeting with Afghan National Security Adviser Hamdullah Mohib and termed it regrettable.
He said that Nawaz Sharif’s meeting damaged Islamabad's security doctrine. He said the PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif met with a man whose relations with India were not hidden. “The Afghan NSA also held a meeting with Indian intelligence officials after meeting Nawaz Sharif,” he disclosed.
Fawad questioned whether the former prime minister had informed the government or leaders of his party’s central executive committee and stressed to make the audio and transcripts of the meeting public. He said that the filthy language used by Hamdullah Mohib against Pakistan could not be repeated. In a public speech two months back Hamdullah Mohib had called Pakistan a “brothel house.”
The minister said Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi had links with the Afghan official who had met Nawaz.
Fawad Chaudhary said that he was surprised that Nawaz had met the Afghan delegation and contested that Mohib and Afghanistan vice president Amrullah Saleh did not have much stake in their own country as their families were living abroad. He said that when the Afghan official had passed anti-Pakistan remarks in May, Pakistan had cut off ties with his office.
The information minister said that Islamabad stood with the people of Afghanistan and not with any group. “We want a government in Afghanistan that is acceptable to every group,” the minister said.
Chaudhary stressed that the PML-N should issue a clarification regarding the meeting, asking the PML-N leadership whether their party supremo had informed them about the meeting.
The minister said the transcripts of Nawaz's meeting with Indian tycoon Sajjan Jindal were yet to be made public. "In her book, Indian journalist Barkha Dutt wrote that Nawaz through Jindal had informed Modi that the army was in his way," he added.
On the occasion, Shehzad Akbar said that the Israeli NSO Group’s spyware scandal was much bigger than the Panama leaks. Akbar said this was an attack on Pakistan’s sovereignty and the government was ready to defend the country's sovereignty. He said that the government was considering options that how to raise the matter in the European Union and the United Nations, adding that the government would also launch an inter-agency investigation into the matter.
He said after the investigation, Pakistan would seek legal action against India.