Source: Agencies30 Mar 2016 09:47:26
New Delhi, March 30: India has rejected the allegations of Pakistan that they have a former Indian Naval Officer in their custody, who was involved in spying and terrorism activities in that country. Pakistan released a six-minute video of detained Indian naval officer Kulbushan Yadav wherein he is confessing to his involvement in an alleged spying activity in the country, and especially Balochistan.
Addressing a joint press conference in Islamabad, Information Minister Pervez Rashid and Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) chief Asim Bajwa said Yadav is a serving Indian naval officer whose primary mission was to foment terrorism in Karachi and Balochistan. Following the video, Indian External Affairs Ministry said in a release, the enquiries conducted by India reveal that the individual is apparently being harassed while operating a legitimate business from Iran.
“Government categorically rejects allegations that this individual was involved in subversive activities in Pakistan at our behest”, Ministry said in a statement. India said that now his presence in Pakistan raises questions, including the possibility of his abduction from Iran. It said, this will only become clear if India is given consular access to former Indian Naval officer and therefore New Delhi urges Islamabad to respond immediately about the request. India has further sought consular access to the purported RAW agent, who was arrested from Quetta last week, and expressed concern about his well-being.
Lisa Curtis, a senior research fellow at a top American think-tank Heritage Foundation, said that Islamabad's claims of New Delhi supporting Balochistan separatists have never been taken seriously in the United States.
"Pakistan has raised these issues before, and they even passed a dossier to US officials last fall, alleging Indian involvement in supporting Balooch separatists. But, the US never took these claims seriously. US did not even acknowledge that it was even given a dossier," she said.