When Hamid Ansari was Vice President, the BJP accused him of inviting a shady Pakistani journalist to India. In a statement, Ansari denied meeting or inviting Pakistani journalist Nusrat Mirza, who is suspected of having links to Pakistan’s spy agency Inter-Services Intelligence, or ISI.
The BJP accused Ansari of compromising national interests as India’s Ambassador to Iran based on comments made by a former spy agency official.
As a Vice President of India, I was accused of inviting Nusrat Mirza, a Pakistani journalist, yesterday and today in sections of the media and by BJP spokespersons. Ansari said he met him at a conference in New Delhi on terrorism, and that as Ambassador to Iran, I had betrayed the national interest in a matter for which a former government official has accused me.”
Invitations to foreign dignitaries by the Vice President of India are generally provided by the Ministry of External Affairs. I inaugurated the terrorism conference on December 11, 2010, which the organizers would have drawn up the list.
In his statement, Mr. Ansari stated, “My work as Ambassador to Iran was always known to the government at the time.”
In a press conference earlier today, BJP spokesperson Gaurav Bhatia asked Mr. Ansari and the Congress to respond to Mr. Mirza’s claims that he visited India five times during the United Progressive Alliance rule and passed on sensitive information to Pakistan’s ISI.
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