Citing 'confessional video', Pakistan tells world about Indian 'spy'

The country has informed major world capitals and EU about the arrest of a serving Indian Navy officer for planning 'subversive activities' in Pakistan

Islamabad: Pakistan yesterday said it 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 'spy network'.

A projection of a video showing arrested man Kulbhushan Yadav, who is suspected of being an Indian spy, during a press conference in Islamabad on March 29, 2016. Pic/AFP
A projection of a video showing arrested man Kulbhushan Yadav, who is suspected of being an Indian spy, during a press conference in Islamabad on March 29, 2016. Pic/AFP

Kulbhushan Yadav, the alleged chief operative of Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), was arrested by Pakistani security agencies last week from Chaman near Quetta. Speaking at his weekly news briefing, foreign office spokesperson Nafees Zakaria said major world capitals and the EU have been informed about the arrest of a serving Indian Navy officer for planning “subversive activities” in Pakistan, Radio Pakistan said.

The entire world has seen the admission statement of the Indian agent, Zakaria said, referring to the so-called confessional video of Yadav released earlier this week by the Pakistani Army. Zakaria further said that Pakistan had earlier provided the United Nations with evidence of Indian interference and terror activities in Pakistan.

Zakaria confirmed that the Indian High Commission here has sought consular access to the arrested spy. “A request by India for consular access (to Yadav) is under consideration,” he said. Zakaria said that Pakistan has also asked Iran to provide details about the network of Yadav, who was reportedly arrested after he entered from Iran.

India has acknowledged that Yadav as a retired Indian Navy officer, but denied the allegation that he was in any way connected to the government. “The said individual has had no link with the government since his premature retirement from the Indian Navy, said a statement issued by India's Ministry of External Affairs, while demanding consular access to him.

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