Pakistan claims to have arrested Indian trying to enter Balochistan

Pakistani security forces claim to have caught an Indian trying to enter the country from the Chaman border post in Balochistan on Friday. A photograph of the man — said to be from Amritsar — was released to the media, though no official has been quoted by name in the news reports.

According to the unnamed officials quoted, the man entered Pakistan from the Friendship Gate at Chaman without proper travel documents. He is under interrogation and one newspaper report said that he began posing as a mad man on being nabbed.

The media reports also suggested that the ‘Indian national' could be a spy. Pakistan has always alleged an Indian hand in the unrest in Balochistan. Islamabad is also suspicious of the Indian presence in Afghanistan and the dominant narrative here claims that India has a number of facilitation centres along the Durand Line; purportedly to create trouble in Pakistan.

Till late Saturday evening, the Indian High Commission here had not been officially informed about the arrest. This is not unusual as even in the case of fishermen — who stray into Pakistani waters — the mission is not officially informed till much later and consular access takes months.

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