ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has informed the European Union and major world capitals about the arrest of an Indian “spy” from restive Balochistan province and asked Iran to provide details of his activities in that country.
Pakistan Foreign Office spokesperson Nafees Zakaria, during a weekly briefing, said “the whole world saw the Indian agent’s confessional statement.”
Zakaria said Pakistan had already shared evidence regarding Indian involvement in terror activities inside Pakistan with the United Nations (UN), adding that the latest arrest will also be taken up with the body.
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 Jadhav, establishing him as an Indian spy who entered into Balochistan through Iran — holding a valid Iranian visa.
After Jadhav’s arrest, Pakistan summoned Indian High Commissioner Gautam Bambawale to lodge a strong protest over ‘India’s spying activities’ in Pakistan.
Meanwhile Pakistan on Thursday asked Tehran to investigate and share details of Jadhav’s activities in Iran, along with those of his colleague, who was identified as Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) Sub Inspector Rakesh alias Rizwan.
According to Pakistan security agencies, Jadhav has confessed to being a serving officer in the Indian Navy and directing subversive activities in Karachi and Balochistan “at the behest of RAW”.
In a video shown to media during a joint press conference by Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) head Lt Gen Asim Bajwa and Information Minister Pervez Rashid on Tuesday, Kulbushan Jadhav confessed to involvement in terror activities in Balochistan and Karachi.
In the video Jadhav 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.”
Pakistan, in a letter addressed to Iranian Ambassador Mehdi Honardoost asks Iran to “seriously look at Islamabad’s assertions and take every step to stem incursion of Indian spies into Pakistani territory.”
Pakistan’s Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar raised the issue of “Indian saboteurs using Iranian soil with visiting Iranian dignitaries,” the letter said, drawing attention to the issue of intrusions from Iran.
“Jadhav was covertly based in Chabahar, Iran, under the pretext of being a jeweller/businessman. He was assisted by RAW Sub Inspector Rakesh, alias Rizwan, a key operative who was also working undercover as a businessman dealing in jewellery,” it said.
“Jadhav had an Iranian visa along with an Indian passport,” it said adding , “he had crossed over to Balochistan’s Mashkhel area from Saravan, Iran”
The letter said Jadhav’s mission “included spying and sabotage, in addition to fomenting insecurity and instability in the provinces of Sindh and Balochistan”.
Iran’s cooperation in this regard, the letter said, will not only improve relations between the two countries but also help reduce terrorism and unrest in the region.