Never heard of term 'Indian state-sponsored terrorism': Ex CIA chief

The former CIA director's comment comes in the wake of Pakistan government's repeated accusations that Indian fomented terrorism in restive Balochistan province. Photograph:( Twitter )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jan 19, 2018, 10.05 AM (IST)

The former CIA Director General David Petraeus on Thursday said that he never heard the term ‘Indian State Sponsored terrorism’. 

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Petraeus was answering questions at Raisina Dialogue, an annual geo-political conference held in New Delhi.

The former CIA director general's response came to a question on the alleged India-sponsored terror.

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"I might offer that...as director of the CIA, and commander of ISAF (International Security Assistance Force) in Afghanistan, I never once heard the term 'Indian state-sponsored terrorism'", said Petraeus, as seen in a video clip circulating online. He headed ISAF in 2010-2011 and was CIA chief from September 6, 2011, until November 9, 2012.

The former CIA director's comment comes in the wake of Pakistan government's repeated accusations that Indian fomented terrorism in restive Balochistan province. The Baloch though often talk of the Pakistani state's and army's atrocities against them, including alleged rapes and 'disappearances'.