Hamid Ansari claims that he didn’t invite or accept him in a row about ISI claims by Pak journalists

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Hamid Ansari, an ex-Vice President, said that all invites to foreign visitors are sent through Ministry of External Affairs upon the advice of government.

Hamid Ansari (File).

Hamid Ansari, a former Vice President, refuted claims that he had invited a Pakistani journalist to India. The Pakistani journalist claimed that he had spied for Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI). He said that a BJP spokesperson had launched a “litanyof falsehoods” against him.

Earlier in the day, BJP spokesperson Gaurav Bhatia asked Hamid Ansari and the Congress to clarify after Pakistani journalist Nusrat Mirza claimed that he had visited India five times during the UPA’s rule and passed on sensitive information to Pakistan’s spy agency ISI.

“Lies are being spread against me. The Ministry of External Affairs, on advice from the government, sends invitations for foreign guests to the Vice President. I have neither invited nor received,” Ansari said in a statement.

The BJP also claimed that the former Vice President had compromised national interests by serving as India’s Ambassador in Iran. However, he said that his work as Ambassador was at all times within the reach of the government.

“The government of that time was aware of my work as the Ambassador of Iran. I pledge to national security and will not be subject to any legal repercussions. The Government of India has all the information,” he said.

“After my stint in Tehran, I was appointed India’s Permanent Representative to the UNSC and my work was recognized abroad and in the country.”

| Pakistani journalist admits spying for ISI during India visits under UPA govt

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