India doesn’t comment
on Pakistan’s internal
matters; says Bagchi
NIA raids 11 J&K places

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NEW DELHI: Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Arindam Bagchi on Thursday refused to comment on the ongoing political turmoil in Pakistan, saying India does not comment on the internal matters of a country.

Responding to a question regarding Pakistan’s political developments during the MEA briefing, Bagchi said, “This is their internal matter, I actually have no comments to offer as of now. We are watching the developments but we don’t comment on internal matters.”

On being asked about Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s remarks on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Bagchi refrained from making any comments saying that the remarks were made in the context of domestic political developments and does not have anything to do with foreign policy.

Notably, Pakistan has been undergoing political turmoil as President Arif Alvi dissolved the National Assembly after Deputy Speaker Qasim Suri rejected the no-trust vote against the Imran Khan-led government last Sunday.

Pakistan opposition parties on Wednesday said that the rejection of the no-confidence motion against the Imran Khan government by the National Assembly Deputy Speaker is an “attack on Parliament”.

Meanwhile, Imran Khan will continue as the Prime Minister until the caretaker Prime Minister is appointed.

NIA raids 11 places in J&K 

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Thursday carried out searches at 11 places in Jammu and Kashmir in connection with the Lashkar-e-Taiba / The Resistance Front (TRF) case linked to radicalisation and recruitment of youths in the Union Territory.

Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Arindam Bagchi

The agency sleuths also conducted searches at the residence of Basit Ahmad Dar against whom a bounty of Rs 10 lakh has been declared. Dar’s residence is situated in Kulgam of Jammu and Kashmir. The places raided include six in Srinagar, two in Baramulla and one each in Avantipora, Budgam and Kulgam.

In February, the agency had also conducted raids at various places in Jammu and Kashmir regarding LeT’s attempt to spread its network by “radicalising, motivating and recruiting youths of J&K.”

The agency earlier had said that the LeT commanders Sajjad Gul, Salim Rehmani alias Abu Saad and Saifullah Sajid Jutt wanted “to incept violent activities in Jammu and Kashmir and rest of India.”

“The case relates to activities of The Resistance Front (TRF), a frontal outfit of the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and its self-styled commander Sajjad Gul who has been actively radicalising, motivating and recruiting youth of J&K to affect violent activities,” reads the official statement.

“He, along with his other associate commanders of LeT based in Pakistan, has been recruiting individuals (Over Ground Workers) to do reconnaissance of pre-determined targets, coordinating and transporting weapons to support LeT and TRF,” it added.

During the searches conducted today, various incriminating materials such as digital devices, SIM cards, digital storage devices, documents etc. have been seized. (ANI)