New Delhi: The Congress party on Wednesday slammed the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) over its allegations against former Vice President Hamid Ansari who allegedly shared sensitive information with a Pakistani journalist. Congress General Secretary for Communications Jairam Ramesh said: “The insinuations and insinuations of a BJP spokesperson against Sonia Gandhi, President of the Indian National Congress and Hamid Ansari, former Vice President of India, must be condemned in the strongest possible terms. Language.”
“The facts regarding the International Conference of Jurists on International Terrorism and Human Rights held on December 11, 2010 in New Delhi are already in the public domain. of the worst form of murder,” the statement read.
Striking dispensation in power, Congress alleged that “the levels to which the Prime Minister and his party colleagues will stoop to degrade public debate and spread their patented brand of lies are staggering. It reflects the sickness of mind and the lacks any form of integrity”.
Former Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari refutes BJP allegations
The statement came after former Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari on Wednesday refuted the BJP’s allegation that he had shared “confidential and sensitive” information about India with Pakistani journalist Nusrat Mirza.
In a statement, Ansari said: “Yesterday and today, a litany of lies were unleashed against me personally in the media and by official party spokesman Bharatiya Janata: that as Vice President of the India, I had invited the Pakistani journalist, Nusrat Mirza, whom I had met at a conference in New Delhi on “terrorism”, and who as ambassador to Iran had betrayed the national interest in a matter in which allegations were made by a former official of a government agency.”
He said he inaugurated the Conference on Terrorism on December 11, 2010, the “International Conference of Jurists on International Terrorism and Human Rights”. It is normal practice for the guest list to be drawn up by the organisers. He pointed out that he never invited Mirza.
Hamid Ansari, a retired diplomat, served as India’s 12th vice president from 2007 to 2017.
Nusrat Mirza Statement and BJP Allegations
Earlier, Nusrat Mirza, a Pakistani columnist who visited India several times during UPA rule, bragged on camera that he used to pass on information gathered during his visits to the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) of Pakistan. He claimed that he had visited India several times.
“I was invited to India during the time of Mohammad Hamid Ansari’s vice presidency,” Mirza was quoted as saying by ANI news agency.
Following this statement, the BJP attacked the Congress, alleging that it shared confidential information with other countries, which they used for terrorist purposes. He alleged that the Congress party had “weakened the country”.
In a press conference, BJP National Spokesperson Gaurav Bhatia said, “Pakistani journalist Nusrat Mirza himself revealed that Hamid Ansari, the former Vice President of India, had invited to India five times between 2005 and 2011. Nusrat Mirza said in an interview that the then Vice President used to call him in India. During their conversations, highly sensitive and confidential information was shared.
The BJP spokesperson quoted Mirza as saying that the highly sensitive and confidential information was shared not once but five times by Hamid Ansari and that this information was used against India. “India is playing a leading role in the campaign against terrorism worldwide. And the Congress government invited such a person to visit India five times between 2005 and 2011 and confidential information about the country has been shared,” Bhatia said as quoted by ANI.