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Pak denies ISI hand in Surya's killing

A Taliban commander had claimed that the Indian engineer was killed at the instance of ISI.

india Updated: May 18, 2006 15:38 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

Refuting claims reportedly made by a Taliban commander that abducted Indian engineer K Surayanarayan was killed at the instance of ISI, Pakistan on Sunday said it has never sponsored the policy of killing civilians.

"We have been condemning killing of civilians where ever they occurred as acts of terrorism. It is not the government policy to sponsor killing of civilians," Pakistan Foreign Office Spokesperson Tasnim Aslam said in Islamabad reacting to reports by Afghan Tolu TV which quoted a Taliban commander as saying Surayanarayan was killed at the instance of ISI.

Aslam said Pakistan government would have come out with an official reaction had such claims been made by the Indian government. "Reports such as these are not worth commenting on. But If anybody has any evidence, they are welcome to forward it," she said.

She said Tolu TV had made such claims against Pakistan in the past attributing them to some Afghan officials, which were later denied.

"These days anybody can make claims through internet claiming to be Taliban. Such reports are not worth commenting," she added.

First Published: May 14, 2006 18:04 IST

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