Pakistan launches international offensive over arrest of Indian ‘spy’

Kulbhushan Yadav, an alleged chief operative of RAW was arrested by Pakistani security agencies last week from Chaman near Quetta.

Updated - October 18, 2016 02:16 pm IST

Published - March 31, 2016 05:32 pm IST - Islamabad

A passport (No. L9630722), purportedly belonging to Kulbhushan Jadhav, showed his assumed name as ‘Hussein Mubarak Patel’.

A passport (No. L9630722), purportedly belonging to Kulbhushan Jadhav, showed his assumed name as ‘Hussein Mubarak Patel’.

Pakistan on Thursday said it has informed the European Union and major world capitals about the >arrest of an Indian ‘spy’ from restive Balochistan province and asked Iran, from where he entered Pakistan, to provide details of his ‘spy network’

Kulbhushan Yadav, the alleged chief operative of Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) was arrested by Pakistani security agencies last week from Chaman near Quetta.

Speaking at his weekly news briefing, Foreign Office spokesperson Nafees Zakaria said major world capitals and EU have been informed about the arrest of a serving Indian Navy officer for planning “subversive activities” in Pakistan, Radio Pakistan reported.

The entire world has seen the admission statement of the Indian agent, Zakaria said, referring to the “confessional video” of Yadav released earlier this week by the Pakistani Army.

Zakaria further said that Pakistan had earlier provided the United Nations with evidences of Indian interference and terror activities in Pakistan.

India has acknowledged Yadav as a retired Indian Navy officer, but denied the allegation that he was in any way connected to the government. “The said individual has no link with government since his premature retirement from Indian Navy,” said a statement issued by India’s Ministry of External Affairs, while demanding consular access to him.

Meanwhile, Zakaria confirmed that Indian High Commission here has sought counselor access to the arrested spy. “A request by India for consular access (to Yadav) is under consideration,” he said in response to a question.

Zakaria said that Pakistan has also asked Iran to provide details about the network of Yadav who was reportedly arrested after he entered from Iran.

In the video, Yadav has said that he arrived in Iran in 2003 and started a small business in Chahbahar.

The FO spokesperson said that Iran has assured Pakistan that it would never allow anyone to use its soil against Pakistan.

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