Islamabad - Euphoria in the Foreign Office over BBC report regarding Indian funding to Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) gives the impression as if Islamabad’s stance about involvement of Indian spy agency RAW in whipping up terrorism across Pakistan has been vindicated.

Though Foreign Office remained tightlipped Wednesday and refrained from giving a kneejerk reaction on the report, sources said that a series of consultative meetings took place as policymakers deliberated on the official Pakistani response.

There was a gratifying sense in the meetings that Islamabad’s longstanding claim about Indian spy agency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) involvement in terrorism in Pakistan has been validated. Sources said FO spokesperson would make official comment over BBC report in his weekly press briefing today (Thursday).

However, it was not immediately clear how the new development would impact efforts seeking resumption of long stalled peace process between Islamabad and New Delhi.

Foreign Office spokesperson Qazi Khalilullah, while commenting on Indian prime minister’s greeting to Prime Minister Sharif at advent of holy month of Ramazan last week, said Pakistan wishes to have good relations with all countries in the region.

“We want to promote peace and development in the region. Pakistan, therefore, would welcome any proposal from India that supports these objectives”, Qazi told a questioner at the weekly briefing on Friday.

In its report British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) has claimed that MQM has been receiving funding from India as two senior leaders of MQM have confessed receiving Indian funding. The report further said many questions regarding these allegations were sent to MQM, but the political party did not reply.

Earlier on June 10, Adviser to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs and National Security Sartaj Aziz in a policy statement strongly condemned the confessional statement of Indian Prime Minister for committing terrorism against Pakistan in early seventies.

Aziz urged the international community and the United Nations to take notice of the statement of Indian prime minister, saying the statement of Indian Premier was an open admission at the highest level to support terrorism in a neighboring country. Prime Minister Modi’s statement has vitiated the atmosphere in South Asia, he said, adding that the Indian Defense Minister had also admitted fanning terrorism in Pakistan as their policy.

Reaction from Sartaj Aziz came following series of threatening statements from Indian leaders to Pakistan as well as target bashing of Pakistan after Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of Prime Minister Nerendra Modi assumed power last May.

Islamabad has been raising its concerns at involvement of RAW in destabilising Pakistan at the highest level with India with first direct communication in 2009, when the then Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani raised the matter with his Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh at Sharm-el-Sheikh.

Pakistani officials have repeatedly claimed that India is meddling in Balochistan and fanning the insurgency by providing funding to the Baloch separatists. Pakistani officials also believe that unprovoked firing by the Indian security across the LOC, the line of control, last year was aimed at disrupting the military’s Operation Zarb-e-Azb on the western border with Afghanistan, with a clear objective of distracting Pakistan’s efforts to root out terrorism and militancy. They believed that Indian belligerence has already damaged the prospects of normalisation of relations with Pakistan, fearing that New Delhi would continue with its aggressive approach.