Retired Pakistani officer kidnapped by India
ISLAMABAD — A Pakistani retired army officer was lured to Nepal with a job prospect before being seized by Indian intelligence, which hopes to use him to secure the release of an Indian agent sentenced to death by Pakistan, security officials said. According to two senior security officials, Indian agents abducted Lt. Col. Mohammad Habib, who went missing on April 6 after arriving in Nepal. They said Habib’s abduction was aimed at pressuring Pakistan to release Kulbhushan Jadhav, an Indian naval officer convicted of espionage who was sentenced to death on April 10. Both officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to reporters. One of the officials said Habib “arrived at the Kathmandu airport on April 6. An Indian national took him to a hotel after receiving him” at the airport. The second official confirmed the account, saying an Indian spy agency planned Habib’s abduction. The Pakistani officials said Jadhav has been linked to 1,345 deaths in acts of terrorism in Pakistan. They said that he joined India’s Naval intelligence in 2001 and was later posted in Iran, from where he made secret trips to Pakistan. The officials claimed that Jadhav had confessed to espionage and terror-linked activities.