Senate Standing Committee on Interior Chairman Senator Talha Mehmood has said that India is funding the terrorists in Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and Balochistan but the rulers are not taking the issue at the diplomatic level despite having strong evidences, and only protecting their vested interests.

Talking to newsmen here on Wednesday, Mehmood, who is a JUI-F leader, said that recovery of Indian manufactured weapons from the FATA as well Balochistan clearly indicated that the India was manipulating terrorism in Pakistan.

He said that Indian agency RAW supported the insurgent groups in Balochistan. Pak-Afghan Zahidan border has been used for destabilisation of Balochistan, he said.

“Shahgarh-Kishangarh Indo-Pak border is also under the use to supply arms to terrorists in Karachi and Balochistan.

 There are strong evidence that the unrest has something to do with the RAW’s presence in Afghanistan and the number of Indian consulates that are operating close to the Pakistani border. However, the rulers are silent and their silence is not understandable,” he said.

To a question regarding the appointment of a federal minister as Gilgit Baltistan governor through an ordinance by the government, the Senator said that the step would impede the holding of free, fair and transparent elections in Gilgit Baltistan. To another question about upcoming Senate elections and alleged mass horse-trading, he said that there would be no secret balloting but the lawmakers should elect members directly which would remove the doubts of horse-trading in the elections.

He stressed a need for making certain amendments in the Constitution for Senate elections so that the members also get financial power to serve the masses in a better way. The JUI-F leader added that all the political parties were united against horse-trading in the upcoming. He said that the delay in the exploration at Chiniot for almost 15 years should be probed at appropriate level.