India accepts ‘spy’ ex-navy officer, denies having links

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Indian envoy summoned; Agent was working to pamper separatists, inflame sectarianism

Staff Reporter

Islamabad—Pakistan lodged a protest with India on Friday over the country’s “spying activities” in Balochistan and Karachi.
Foreign Secretary Aizaz Chaudhry summoned the Indian High Commissioner Gautam Bambawale to the Foreign Office to lodge a formal complaint. The move comes a day after the arrest of an Indian naval intelligence officer in Balochistan.
“Through a demarche the Foreign Secretary on Friday conveyed Pakistan’s protest and deep concern on the illegal entry into Pakistan by a RAW officer and his involvement in subversive activities in Balochistan and Karachi,” a press release issued by office of the FO spokesperson stated.
Meanwhile, the Indian Foreign Office on Friday, while admitting the alleged RAW agent arrested by Pakistani security forces to be its citizen, claimed that the suspect had already taken early retirement from the Indian Navy.
A statement issued by New Delhi denied having any links with the arrested individual and said “he was no longer a serving official of the Indian armed forces”.
“The arrested man is a former Indian Navy officer,” the Indian Foreign Office was quoted as saying.
The spy was linked to separatist elements in Balochistan, as well as involved in acts of sectarian terrorism and terror attacks in Karachi, a security official had said.
FO spokesperson Nafees Zakaria said Bambawale was summoned by Foreign Secretary Aizaz Chaudhry, who shared details of the man’s arrest with the Indian High Commissioner.
“The said individual has no link with government since his premature retirement from Indian Navy,” said a statement issued by India’s Ministry of External Affairs on Friday.
The ministry confirmed the matter was raised by Pakistan’s Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry with the Indian High Commissioner in Islamabad.
“We have sought consular access to him. India has no interest in interfering in internal matters of any country and firmly believes that a stable and peaceful Pakistan is in the interest of all in the region,” the statement read.
“The Indian spy was involved in financially supporting terrorists and also confessed to his involvement in Karachi unrest,” Bugti told reporters.
Out of the total more than 15 Indian consulates in Afghanistan, the majority are located near the Pakistan border and Yadev was stationed at Kandahar. He was part of a special desk set up by RAW to sabotage the CPEC.
According to a news channel the Indian spy joined RAW in 2013 while served the Indian naval intelligence in the past with his number being 41558. He was earlier appointed at Iran’s port Chabahar. The spy used to live with his wife and two children.
Sources say Kul Bhashan Yadav revealed during preliminary investigations that his main agenda was to sabotage the CPEC through propaganda and create disharmony among the Baloch nationalist political parties.
Yadev – a Commander in the Indian Navy – entered Balochistan through the Afghan border. He crossed the Pak-Afghan border 12 times. When the law enforcement agencies arrested him five days ago, he was in Balochistan for the last 15 days.
The initial investigation reveals that Yadev, during his latest stay, contacted various Baloch nationalist leaders and insurgents, including perhaps Dr Allah Nazar Baloch, to execute the task to damage the CPEC project. In this regard, he also distributed millions of rupees among the nationalists and insurgents in the troubled province.
The law enforcement agencies for the last eight months monitored Yadev’s movement and activities and arrested him after collecting ample evidence. They also recovered Afghan and Pakistani SIMs as well as maps from his possession.
During interrogation, Yadav has made several confessions admitting links with Balochistan militants including Haji Baloch. He said that Baloch used to provide financial and logistic support to operatives of banned outfits.
Baloch was consolidating Daesh network in Karachi. He said that culprits behind Safoora carnage were in contact with Baloch as well.
Indian intelligence operative further revealed that terrorists present in Karachi were used for sectarian violence. Numerous meetings have been called so far with sole agenda of spreading unrest in Sindh especially Karachi, he added.

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