Rehman Malik, the Advisor to Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf on Interior Affairs, has demanded from India to apologize for sending Surjeet Singh to spy in Pakistan.
He made this demand while addressing a news conference in London. The advisor rejected India’s claim that the terrorists had set up a control room for the Mumbai attack, saying that three Indian citizens were involved in the hilarious attacks.
During the news conference, Malik also rejected the assertion by Indian officials, including home minister P Chidambaram that terrorist handlers had set up a control room in Karachi for the 2008 Mumbai attacks.
He observed, “India should tell how many extremists it has sent to Pakistan. Indian intelligence agencies were involved in incidents of targeted killings in Karachi, and were destroying the peace of the country’s economic hub”.
Rehman Malik commended Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Chaudhry for summoning his own son, Arsalan Iftikhar, in the court of law.
Replying to a query, the advisor rejected the impression that he had given the computerized record of the National Database and Regulation Authority (NADRA) to anyone, saying that he should be hanged if he was proved culpable.
Surjeet Singh, who was freed last week after 30 years in a Pakistani jail, confessed that he came to Pakistan for spying purposes. He was given death sentence after his conviction for espionage in 1985, but President Ghulam Ishaq Khan commuted his punishment in 1989.
Days after release from the prison, the self-confessed spy said that he would move a court to prove that he was working for Research Analyzing Wing (RAW).
Although he is now a free citizen, he is upset with the Indian government for disowning him for decades. He noted, “No one crosses the border just like that. Someone sends them that are why they go. I was sent by the army”.
In order to prove the government’s claim wrong that he was not a spy, the released prisoner wanted to approach the court.
The man who was convicted and sentenced to death for spying said he would move a court if need be to seek justice and recognition.