Op­po­si­tion urges fed­eral gov­ern­ment to raise RAW agent ar­rest at UN

The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

The Leader of Op­po­si­tion in the Na­tional Assem­bly, Syed Khur­sheed Shah, on Sun­day, in­sisted that the gov­ern­ment should take the is­sue of In­dian spy nabbed by se­cu­rity agen­cies in Baluchis­tan be­fore the United Na­tions so as to re­veal that New Delhi was hands in gloves in what is hap­pen­ing in Baluchis­tan and also how it has been in­ter­fer­ing in Pak­istan's in­ter­nal mat­ters to desta­bi­lize it. Talk­ing to me­dia in Sukkur, Shah said this was not an or­di­nary in­ci­dent. "Pak­istan has been ac­cus­ing In­dia's RAW of spread­ing ter­ror in Balochis­tan… this claim has been proved right by this ar­rest," he said.

In con­text to In­dia's bla­tant ad­mis­sion over the ar­rest of In­dian naval in­tel­li­gence of­fi­cer work­ing for In­dia's premier in­tel­li­gence agency, the Re­search and Anal­y­sis Wing (RAW) in Baluchis­tan, the fed­eral gov­ern­ment has taken a de­ci­sion in-prin­ci­pal to launch an op­er­a­tion across the coun­try against agents and fa­cil­i­ta­tors of RAW.

This devel­op­ment un­earthed it­self right af­ter the ar­rest of Kul Bhushan Ya­dav, RAW's agent, in Baluchis­tan. Se­cu­rity sources in­formed Pak­istan Ob­server that the In­tel­li­gence-based op­er­a­tion will be launched on the in­for­ma­tion re­vealed by the cap­tured RAW of­fi­cer dur­ing ini­tial in­ves­ti­ga­tion, adding that the pri­or­ity in the ini­tial phases will be given to clean­ing up the tar­geted ar­eas of Balochis­tan prov­ince, some parts of Sindh, es­pe­cially Karachi and Hy­der­abad, and ar­eas of South Pun­jab as well as from the oper­a­tors, fa­cil­i­ta­tors or agents work­ing for the In­dian se­cret ser­vice.

Ac­cord­ing to a Pak­istani se­cu­rity of­fi­cial, the In­dian na­tional was in­volved in acts of sec­tar­ian ter­ror­ism and at­tacks in Karachi. The ini­tial in­ves­ti­ga­tions re­vealed that the RAW agent was a res­i­dent of Mum­bai and pos­sessed a pass­port reg­is­tered un­der the name 'Hus­sain Mubarak Pa­tel', with a pass­port num­ber L9630722, bear­ing an Ira­nian visa.

The se­cu­rity of­fi­cials re­ported that the In­dian spy had joined RAW in 2013 and had served the In­dian naval in­tel­li­gence in the past with his num­ber be­ing 41558. He was ear­lier ap­pointed at Iran's port Chaba­har, where he used to live with his wife and two chil­dren. Re­port­edly, the RAW of­fi­cer sneaked into Baluchis­tan through the Ira­nian bor­der. Dur­ing an ini­tial in­ter­ro­ga­tion, Ya­dav made sev­eral con­fes­sions ad­mit­ting to hav­ing links with Baluchi mil­i­tants. He said that the Baloch used to pro­vide fi­nan­cial and lo­gis­tic sup­port to op­er­a­tives of banned out­fits.

Pak­istan and In­dia, the two nu­clear-armed coun­tries fre­quently ac­cuse each other of spy­ing on mil­i­tary ac­tiv­i­ties. Late in De­cem­ber 2015, Delhi police claimed to have ar­rested a for­mer In­dian Air Force of­fi­cer on charges of pass­ing se­crets to Pak­istan's In­ter Ser­vices In­tel­li­gence (ISI), fall­ing vic­tim to a "honey trap".

Much more re­cently, an In­dian na­tional Hamid Ne­hal An­sari was sen­tenced to three years in a Pak­istani prison af­ter he was con­victed for es­pi­onage fol­low­ing a court mar­shal. Mr An­sari had gone miss­ing from Kohat three years prior, un­til he was nabbed via agen­cies and sen­tenced by the mil­i­tary court. Speak­ing to a Pak­istani news chan­nel, the for­mer Pres­i­dent and COAS General Mushar­raf said that both In­dia and Pak­istan are vic­tims of ex­trem­ism and ac­cused the New Delhi gov­ern­ment of pres­sur­iz­ing Islamabad over ter­ror­ism.

"Ter­ror­ism is preva­lent in both In­dia and Pak­istan," said Mushar­raf. "We are also vic­tims of the same so we should not over­re­act to what hap­pened in Pathankot. Yes, of course we want to con­trol such in­ci­dents, but one should not get hy­per over such in­ci­dents." Mushar­raf said. Mushar­raf ac­cused In­dia of turn­ing to Pak­istan ev­ery time a ter­ror­ist at­tack took place; while he claimed that In­dia too fa­cil­i­ates ex­trem­ists in parts of the coun­try.

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