Ar­rest­ing of spy ev­i­dence of In­dian in­volve­ment in Pak­istan's af­fairs: ISPR

The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

In­ter-Ser­vices Pub­lic Re­la­tions (ISPR) head Lt Gen Asim Ba­jwa while ad­dress­ing a joint press con­fer­ence along­side Fed­eral In­for­ma­tion Min­is­ter Pervez Rashid on Tues­day termed the ar­rest of In­dian spy and for­mer In­dian Navy of­fi­cer Kul­bushan Ya­dav a 'big achieve­ment'.

Ya­dav was di­rectly han­dled by the RAW chief, the In­dian Na­tional Se­cu­rity Ad­viser and the joint sec­re­tary, Ba­jwa said.

"His goal was to dis­rupt devel­op­ment of the China-Pak­istan Eco­nomic Cor­ri­dor (CPEC), with Gwadar port as a spe­cial tar­get," Ba­jwa said, adding, "This is noth­ing short of state­spon­sored ter­ror­ism... There can be no clearer ev­i­dence of In­dian in­ter­fer­ence in Pak­istan."

"If an in­tel­li­gence or an armed forces of­fi­cer of this rank is ar­rested in an­other coun­try, it is a big achieve­ment," Ba­jwa said, be­fore go­ing on to play a video of Ya­dav con­fess­ing to In­dian in­tel­li­gence agency Re­search and Anal­y­sis Wing (RAW) in­volve­ment in Balochis­tan sep­a­ratist ac­tiv­i­ties in Pak­istan. In the video, Ya­dav, who hails from Mum­bai, said he had joined In­dia's Na­tional De­fence Academy in 1987 be­fore go­ing on to join the In­dian Navy in 1991.

"I am still a serv­ing of­fi­cer in the In­dian Navy and will be due for re­tire­ment in 2022... Af­ter hav­ing com­pleted 14 years of ser­vice." he said. "By 2002, I com­menced in­tel­li­gence op­er­a­tions. In 2003, I es­tab­lished a small busi­ness in Chaba­har in Iran. As I was able to achieve un­de­tected ex­is­tence and vis­its to Karachi in 2003 and 2004 and, hav­ing done some ba­sic as­sign­ments within In­dia for RAW, I was picked up by RAW in 2013 end," Ya­dav said.

Since then, he said he has been di­rect­ing var­i­ous ac­tiv­i­ties in Karachi and Balochis­tan "at the be­hest of RAW", adding that he had played a role in the de­te­ri­o­rat­ing law and or­der situation in Karachi.

"I am ba­si­cally the man for Mr Anil Ku­mar Gupta who is the joint sec­re­tary of RAW and his con­tacts in Pak­istan," he said, "es­pe­cially in the Baloch stu­dent or­gan­i­sa­tion". His pur­pose was to meet Baloch in­sur­gents and carry out "ac­tiv­i­ties with their col­lab­o­ra­tion", he ex­plained.

"These ac­tiv­i­ties have been of a crim­i­nal na­ture, they have been of an anti-na­tional or ter­ror­ist na­ture," he said, as they re­sulted in the "killing or maim­ing of Pak­istani cit­i­zens".

Law en­force­ment agen­cies ar­rested Ya­dav in an in­tel­li­gence-based raid in Balochis­tan's Chaman near the shared bor­der with Afghanistan last week.

The In­dian For­eign Min­istry ear­lier con­firmed the ar­rested man was a for­mer In­dian Navy of­fi­cer, but the Pak­istani gov­ern­ment claimed to have re­cov­ered travel doc­u­ments and mul­ti­ple fake iden­ti­ties of Ya­dav, es­tab­lish­ing him as an In­dian spy who en­tered into Balochis­tan through Iran - hold­ing a valid Ira­nian visa. Ya­dav was shifted to Islamabad for in­ter­ro­ga­tion, dur­ing which an un­named of­fi­cial said the spy re­vealed that he had pur­chased boats at the Ira­nian port in Chaba­har in or­der to tar­get Karachi and Gwadar ports in a ter­ror­ist plot. The of­fi­cial had said the ' RAW agent' is be­lieved to be ex­pert at Naval fight­ing tech­niques.

Af­ter Ya­dav's ar­rest, Pak­istan sum­moned In­dian High Com­mis­sioner Gau­tam Bambawale to lodge a strong protest over 'In­dia's spy­ing ac­tiv­i­ties' in Balochis­tan and Karachi.

Fol­low­ing rev­e­la­tions by the In­dian spy, se­cu­rity was tight­ened across Balochis­tan, es­pe­cially at the shared bor­ders with Iran and Afghanistan.

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