Re­tired Pak­istani of­fi­cer kid­napped by In­dia

The Observer (Sarnia) - - WORLD NEWS -

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.

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