Never invited them: Hamid Ansari on claims of Pak journalist spying on India

New Delhi: Former Vice President Hamid Ansari On Wednesday, he denied the allegation that he had invited a Pakistani journalist to India, who claimed to be spying for the ISI, and said there was “a fabrication of lies” against him by sections of the media and a BJP spokesperson. “It’s been spread. In a statement, he also rejected allegations made by the BJP, citing remarks by a former RAW functionary, that he had compromised national interests as India’s ambassador to Iran.

BJP spokesperson Gaurav Bhatia, at a press conference earlier in the day, asked Ansari and the Congress to come clean on Pakistani journalist Nusrat Mirza’s claims that he had visited India five times during the UPA regime and that sensitive information collected here was sent to his Pakistan. Used to give Detective agency ISI.

Bhatia referred to Mirza’s alleged remarks that he had come to India at Ansari’s invitation and had also met him, but the former vice president rubbished the claims.

In his rebuttal, Ansari said, “It is a known fact that invitations to foreign dignitaries by the Vice President of India are usually on the advice of the Government through the Ministry of External Affairs.

“I had inaugurated the Conference on Terrorism, ‘International Conference of Jurists on Terrorism and Human Rights’, on December 11, 2010. As is the usual practice, the list of invitees would have been prepared by the organisers. I never invited. 2007- Ansari, who was the Vice President of India between 17, said, or met him.

The former vice president said that his work as ambassador to Iran was at all times within the knowledge of the government of the time.

He said he was bound by a commitment to national security in such matters and would refrain from commenting on them. “The Government of India has all the information and the sole authority to tell the truth. It is a matter of record that after my tenure in Tehran, I was appointed as the Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations in New York. There my job is for the country and have been accepted abroad,” Ansari said.

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