Pak asks India to close info centres in Afghan

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Quetta, Jan 25: Pakistan has said India must close down its information centres in Afghanistan, adding their involvement in acts of terrorism in Pakistan cannot be ruled out.

Addressing a press conference during a brief visit to Quetta yesterday, Pakistan Information and Broadcasting Minister Nisar A Memon said that terrorism had come into Pakistan through the Afghan channel and India had opened around a dozen information centres close to the Pakistani border without any justification.

India should close down these information centres to improve relations with Pakistan, Dawn quoted him as saying.

He objected to Indian naval chief's recent statement about the Gwadar port and termed it as interference in the internal affairs of Pakistan.

''We have serious concerns over the statement of the Indian naval chief and Pakistan will lodge a strong protest regarding it through diplomatic channels,'' the newspaper quoted him.

Such statements could affect Pak-India relations, he warned, and said no Pakistani was involved in attacks on Chinese engineers in Balochistan and elsewhere in the country.

He said that agents of those elements who were against the development of Pakistan were involved in the killing of Chinese engineers, the newspaper reported.


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