Pakistan exposes India’s sinister campaign of extra-territorial, extra-judicial killings on its soil

Pakistan exposes India’s sinister campaign of extra-territorial, extra-judicial killings on its soil

Pakistan exposes India’s sinister campaign of extra-territorial, extra-judicial killings on its soil

Pakistan exposes India’s sinister drive of extra-territorial and judicial killings on its soil


ISLAMABAD: Foreign Secretary of Pakistan Muhammad Syrus Sajjad Qazi on Thursday said India was involved in running a sophisticated and sinister campaign of extra-territorial and extra-judicial killings inside Pakistan as there was credible evidence of links between Indian agents and assassination of two Pakistani nationals on Pakistani soil.

Addressing a press conference, here on Thursday, he said that these were killings-for-hire cases involving a sophisticated international setup spread over multiple jurisdictions, adding that Indian agents used technology and safe havens on foreign soil to commit assassinations in Pakistan.

The foreign secretary maintained that they recruited, financed and supported criminals, terrorists and unsuspecting civilians to play defined roles in these assassinations as Indian media and social media accounts immediately claimed and glorified these killings as successful retribution against “enemies” of India and projected their capacity to carry out these illegal acts.

Potential assassins were recruited, using social media, talent spotters and fake Da’esh accounts, he said and added that there was complete compartmentalization of the various components of the operation with employment of teams of financiers, locators, and assassins.


He explained, “At this stage, we are sharing information on two cases. A few other similar cases are under investigation and will be revealed in due course.”

The first case is the assassination of Shahid Latif in Sialkot where he was killed by a group of criminals outside a mosque on 11 October 2023.

A detailed investigation revealed that an Indian agent, Yogesh Kumar, based in a third country orchestrated the assassination through criminals and terrorists, he said, adding that Indian agent Yogesh Kumar recruited Muhammad Umair,  a labourer in that third country to act as a contact with local criminals in Pakistan to trace and assassinate Shahid Latif. The recruited local criminals were able to locate and trace Shahid Latif, however, the killers-for-hire were unable to carry out the execution.

After some failed attempts, Muhammad Umair was personally sent to Pakistan to carry out the assassination. Muhammad Umair organized a team of five target killers which after first failed attempt on 9 October 2023, succeeded in assassinating Shahid Latif on 11 October 2023.

Qazi maintained that based on confessional statements and technical evidence, law enforcement authorities quickly apprehended the target killers, including Muhammad Umair, who was trying to flee the country on 12 October 2023. All those involved in reconnaissance and killing has been apprehended and is being tried in a court of law.

“We have evidence of transactions made in the process linking the entire chain to Indian agent Yogesh Kumar.”


The foreign secretary further said that another Indian agent was involved in killing of another Pakistani national Muhammad Riaz, who was assassinated during Fajr prayer, in a mosque in Rawalakot on 8 September 2023.

Law enforcement agencies tracked the killer Muhammad Abdullah Ali and apprehended him on 15 September 2023 while boarding a flight at Jinnah International Airport Karachi.

Interrogation revealed that Muhammad Abdullah Ali was recruited and guided by Indian agents Ashok Kumar Anand and Yogesh Kumar. Indian agents utilised social media app Telegram to recruit Muhammad Abdullah Ali, who was asked to locate Muhammad Riaz.

He said that Muhammad Abdullah Ali received payments through middlemen based in a third country and he was also provided with weapons and ammunition.

After a failed attempt on 7 September 2023, Muhammad Abdullah Ali succeeded in killing Muhammad Riaz on 8 September 2023, he asserted.

The Pakistani official further said that the law enforcement authorities apprehended Muhammad Abdullah Ali and his supporters and facilitators from various cities of Pakistan and right now the case is being tried in a court of law.


Based on confessional statements of Muhammad Abdullah Ali and technical evidence, the investigators quickly identified the facilitators in Pakistan as well as in third countries, he said.

He added, “We have documentary, financial and forensic evidence of the involvement of the two Indian agents, who masterminded these assassinations. We are releasing the passport details of Yogesh Kumar and Ashok Kumar. We have also reached out to the governments of relevant third counties. And as I said earlier, there are a few other cases of similar gravity at various stages of investigation.”

The foreign secretary outlined:

  1. These cases reveal growing sophistication of Indian sponsored terrorist acts inside Pakistan.
  2. They fit the pattern of similar cases which have come to light in other countries including Canada and the United States. Clearly the Indian network of extra-judicial and extra-territorial killings has become a global phenomenon.
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  4. Pakistan has remained a target of extra-judicial killings for some time now. We are now witnessing an increased sophistication in these operations as revealed in these two cases.
  5. It is critical to bring to justice the killers, their facilitators and financers involved in these assassinations. Indian agents need to face justice for its extra-judicial and extra- territorial killings in other countries.
  6. India must be held accountable internationally for its blatant violation of international law.
  7. India’s assassination of Pakistan nationals on Pakistani soil is violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty and a breach of the UN Charter. This violation of Pakistan sovereignty by India is completely unacceptable.
  8. Pakistan remains committed to protecting its people and securing its sovereignty. Protection of Pakistanis and any foreign national on Pakistani soil is a high priority for the Government of Pakistan.
  9. India’s reckless and irresponsible act calls into question India’s reliability as a credible international player and its claims for enhanced global responsibilities.
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