India says Pak claim it received proposal to swap Jadhav for terrorist 'imaginary lies'

'If you have gone through the press release (issued by Afghan NSA's office), it seems this is one more addition to the long list of imaginary lies as stories which have been created by the Pakistani establishment,' the MEA spokesperson said. Photograph:( Zee News Network )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Sep 30, 2017, 05.46 AM (IST)

India has said Pakistan's claim that it received a proposal to swap former Indian naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhav for a terrorist was another addition to Islamabad's "imaginary lies". 

The claim was made by Pakistan foreign minister Khwaja Muhammad Asif. 

Asif had suggested he had got the proposal while meeting with an NSA (national security adviser). 

Asif however did not say who the NSA was. 

He said the terrorist to be swapped was lodged in an Afghan jail but did not says who he might be. 

"If you have gone through the press release (issued by Afghan NSA's office), it seems this is one more addition to the long list of imaginary lies as stories which have been created by the Pakistani establishment," ANI quoted Raveesh Kumar, spokesperson for the ministry of external Aaffairs, as saying.

The office of the Afghan National Security Advisor, Mohammad Haneef Atmar, has also contradicted Asif's claim.

ANI quoted a statement from his office as saying there was no "mention or reference of India or an Indian citizen during his (Atmar) meeting with the Pakistani foreign minister on September 21 in New York."

Jadhav, a former Indian Navy officer, has been sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court for alleged involvement in espionage and subversive activities. His execution was stayed after India moved the International Court of Justice (ICJ).