Pakistan High Commission Denies Allegations
By Camelia Nathaniel
Pakistani diplomats in Colombo have denied India’s accusation that Mohammed Zakir Hussain, a suspect arrested in India recently, was an agent of the Pakistan Intelligence Service (ISI) with links to the Pakistan High Commission in Colombo.
Speaking to The Sunday Leader, Muhammad Daud Ehtisham, Press Attaché of the High Commission of Pakistan in Sri Lanka, said these reports are purely speculative.
“The government of Pakistan and the state institutions are very responsible entities and they don’t indulge in such kind of tactics.
To us it appears to be a malicious media campaign to tarnish the image of Pakistan. This story is of a highly speculative nature and bears no truth,” he said.
Indian media reports last week indicated that there is new evidence to indicate that Hussain was part of an international terrorist network operating in South Asia and Southeast Asia. Hussain, a Sri Lankan from Kandy arrested by the Tamil Nadu Police was engaged in casing foreign diplomatic missions in Southern India. He took photographs of the US Consulate in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, the Israeli Consulate in Bangalore, Karnataka and other installations. If the allegation by the Indian authorities is proved in a court of law, he becomes the first Sri Lankan Muslim to be involved in terrorism activities overseas.