ISLAMABAD: Former Foreign Office spokesman Tasneem Aslam has claimed that former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had forbidden the Foreign Office from speaking against Detective Kulbhushan Yadav in India and its Pakistani detention.
In an interview with Islamabad-based journalist Isa Naqvi's YouTube channel, the former spokesman claimed that 'Nawaz Sharif did not want anything to be said against India and Kulbhushan Yadav through the Foreign Office'.
Tasneem Aslam has been the Foreign Office Spokeswoman twice, for the first time during the regime of former President General (retd) Pervez Musharraf from 2005 to 2007, and the second time from 2013 to 2017, the Pakistan Muslim League. He performed these duties during the reign of PML-N.
During the conversation, when asked if the country benefited from Nawaz Sharif's instructions, he said, "It did not benefit the country but I do not know if it benefits him (Nawaz Sharif)."
Tasneem Aslam said Nawaz Sharif had business interests in India and when he visited India as Prime Minister, he did not meet the leaders of the Hurriyat conferences in Kashmir, a subcontinent of India.
He said, "Normally every Prime Minister of Pakistan visits India when he visits Hurriyat leadership but Nawaz Sharif did not meet him".
Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif visited India in 2014.
Former Foreign Office spokesman said that even during his speech at the UN meeting, Nawaz Sharif did not talk about India and Kulbhushan Yadav but the issue was on Kashmir.
On the other hand, when the former spokesperson contacted the PML-N Secretary of Information Maryam Aurangzeb regarding the statement of the Foreign Office, she said, "This is an expression of biased and misleading views of an individual and it is their personal predictions."
Referring to Nawaz Sharif's efforts to resolve the Kashmir issue, Maryam Aurangzeb said that the way he viewed Pakistan's relations with its eastern neighbor was completely documented.
He said that the issue addressed by the former Prime Minister in the UN General Assembly in 2016 consisted of the strongest references on Kashmir and the most severe condemnation of the atrocities and repression of Indian occupation forces.