Afghanistan rubbishes Pak claims of Indian interference in Balochistan

Pakistan's claims of India interfering in Balochistan have been rubbished by visiting Afghan Foreign Minister Rangin Dadfar Spanta.

Spanta is in the Indian capital to meet External Affairs Minister S M Krishna for discussions on issues of mutual importance to the two countries. He is also expected to undergo a medical check up.

He said there was no truth to Islamabad's claims of India fuelling unrest in southwestern Balochistan province or that New Delhi was backing the banned Baloch Liberation Army (BLA).

"This is not a new claim by Pakistan but we need to have closer relation against international terrorism in our region. Afghanistan never allowed other countries to take some interference in domestic issue of Pakistan and India has never used Afghan territory against Pakistan. This is only an empty claim," Spanta said.

Spanta was responding to the tabling of a statement in the Pakistan Senate last week by Rehman Malik, the Pakistan Prime Minister's Adviser on Interior Affairs, suggesting that Islamabad has enough proof that India and Afghanistan are involved in the ongoing unrest in Balochistan.

The documents state that New Delhi is providing tactical support and was funding and training terror groups in Pakistan.

Malik also told the house that some of the militants who were arrested from Balochistan had also admitted 'on-camera' to being trained in Afghanistan on India's behalf.

Malik used a used a multimedia system to show images of terrorists arrested from Balochistan and other areas.

He also presented documents to prove the nationality of the Baloch leaders who were killed recently.

"One of the three leaders, Ghulam Muhammad, was wanted by Tehran, while another, Sher Baloch, was an Iranian national," Malik said while tabling the documents.

However, Senators said there was nothing new in the claims. One of the Senators said that he was already aware of all anti-Pakistan conspiracies hatched by India and some other neighbouring countries.

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