Balochistan arrest: Pakistan calls him spy, MEA says he retired from Navy, has no links with govt

While such allegations by Pakistan have been on an increase in the last couple of years, this is the first instance of New Delhi acknowledging the arrest across the border of an individual associated with its armed forces.

Written by Shubhajit Roy | New Delhi | Updated: April 12, 2017 10:54 am
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THE MINISTRY of External Affairs said on Friday that the Indian national arrested in Balochistan by Pakistani officials was a former Navy official but denied he was linked to the Government.

The acknowledgement came a day after Pakistani officials accused the man, identified as Kulbhushan Jadhav, of “illegal entry” and “subversive activities”, and local media described him as a Commander-rank officer in the Indian Navy and an officer of the Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW).

While such allegations by Pakistan have been on an increase in the last couple of years, this is the first instance of New Delhi acknowledging the arrest across the border of an individual associated with its armed forces.

Man Held In Pakistan Is Ex-Navy, Has ‘No Links With The Indian Government’ : MEA

Also read: ‘RAW officer’ arrested, says Balochistan Home Minister Mir Sarfaraz Bugti

Several Indian diplomats privately expressed surprise at the admission but South Block maintained it had “nothing to hide” — a stance held by India for several decades now — “since the individual was no more associated with the Government”.

But an an Indian diplomat told The Indian Express: “This is, by far, the most high-ranking official — even if he retired some years ago – who has been arrested on Pakistani soil, that too in Balochistan.”

The Indian response came hours after Pakistan’s Foreign Secretary, Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhary, summoned the High Commissioner in Islamabad, Gautam Bambawale, to protest over what the Foreign Office claimed was the “subversive activities” of a “RAW officer”.

“The Indian High Commissioner was summoned by the Foreign Secretary today, and through a demarche (we) conveyed our protest and deep concern on the illegal entry into Pakistan by a RAW officer and his involvement in subversive activities in Balochistan and Karachi,” the Pakistan Foreign Office said in a statement.

In New Delhi, MEA said that the “said individual has no link with the Government since his premature retirement from Indian Navy”, and added that the High Commission has sought consular access. MEA spokesperson Vikas Swarup said, “India has no interest in interfering in the internal matters of any country and firmly believes that a stable and peaceful Pakistan is in the interest of all in the region.”

The arrest was reported by local media from the Chaman area of Balochistan in western Pakistan, with some reports claiming that Jadhav has been shifted to Islamabad for interrogation.

According to Pakistan’s Dunya News, Jadhav hails from Mumbai – his address was given as House no. 502-B, Silver Oak Powai, Hiranandani Gardens – and possesses a passport registered under the name of Hussain Mubarak Patel. His passport number is L9630722 and bears an Iranian visa with April 16, 1970, as the date of birth, according to Dunya News. The channel also telecast what it claimed were images of the arrested man as well as scanned copies of his passport.

The channel reported that Jadhav joined R&AW in 2013 after serving Indian Naval intelligence and carried the ID number 41558. It said he was earlier based at Iran’s Chabahar port, which India is helping develop.

Whenever Pakistan has raised the issue of Indian involvement in subversive activities in Balochistan, India has denied it. The only time it found a mention in the official documents was in the Sharm-el-Sheikh joint statement of July 2009. The statement, issued after the then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s meeting with Pakistan PM Yousaf Raza Gilani, said, “Prime Minister Gilani mentioned that Pakistan has some information on threats in Balochistan and other areas.”

Indian officials have always said that Pakistan had never been able to substantiate their claims with any concrete evidence in the past. Last August, the Pakistan PM’s advisor on Foreign affairs Sartaj Aziz had said that he would hand over a dossier to National Security Advisor Ajit Doval about India’s alleged interference. He is said to have submitted a report to the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, through Pakistan’s Permanent Representative at the UN, Maleeha Lodhi.

The Express Tribune quoted Pakistan’s Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan saying that the arrest showed a “foreign hand” was behind unrest in the province, which is Pakistan’s largest. A probe was under way, he said, adding that the Pakistani government would seek help from Iran, which borders Balochistan.

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    Abhinav Gour
    Mar 25, 2016 at 12:24 pm
    Something is fishy here , what was the FORMER NAVY officer doing in trouble torn balouchistan and that too Undercover ? Certainly no country would accept anything of such a sort, Prima-Facie. But incidents of one country interfering into other's isn't a new thing here .
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      Asgar Ali
      Mar 25, 2016 at 2:39 pm
      Dawood get pport with help of Indian intelligence, later he turned out to be enemy
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        Asgar Ali
        Mar 25, 2016 at 2:40 pm
        He use muslims name to accomplish Hindutva agenda
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          Asgar Ali
          Mar 25, 2016 at 2:03 pm
          How can ex navy commander can use muslims name on indian pport without active support from government of India. That show indian establishment complexity.
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            Asgar Ali
            Mar 25, 2016 at 1:14 pm
            It has been practice from decade that RAW and Mossad using Muslims name to infiltrated muslims insutions and Nation for subversive and terrorism acts
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              Asgar Ali
              Mar 25, 2016 at 2:05 pm
              It has been practice from decade that RAW and Mossad using Muslims name to infiltrated muslims insutions and Nation for subversive and terrorism acts. That shows Hindutva Zionist bhai bhai
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                Asgar Ali
                Mar 25, 2016 at 1:12 pm
                How can ex navy commander can use muslims name on indian pport without active support from government of India
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                  Asgar Ali
                  Mar 25, 2016 at 1:15 pm
                  This is Called Hindutva Nationalism
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                    Sirius
                    Mar 25, 2016 at 12:40 pm
                    The Ex-Navy officer should be exchanged for some Pak intelligence et in Indian custody. He can't be left in Pak custody ...
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                      Seshadri
                      Mar 25, 2016 at 1:16 pm
                      Well done stan! Our Modi thrived to fool you and used his gate crash to stealthily spread terrorism in stan. Oh what a solid proof for you guys.
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                        Dinesh
                        Mar 25, 2016 at 2:17 pm
                        IndiaExpress you are Muslim lover
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                          Hindu
                          Mar 25, 2016 at 1:12 pm
                          Former navy officer was spreading RSS terrorism in Balochistan?
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                            Have.beer
                            Mar 25, 2016 at 1:19 pm
                            Now David Headley will say the navy fellow was trained by stan. Some such KRAP for Brahmin patriots to praise Headly.
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                              Haradhan Mandal
                              Mar 25, 2016 at 5:37 pm
                              It is time to show. Can not hide behind taunting others always. Congress at least thrashed the s TWICE and they don't chaste thump. But do what it is to be done. Only cowards beat up innocent people to death in our own countries and claim it as proof of 'Patriotism and Nationalism'. Compare the records. Escorting terrorists to stan to ' Lakhs of Soldiers captured live and brought in India as Prisoners of wars'. BJP-RSS has been asking others to prove their Patriotism. This is the time to prove theirs.
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                                Haradhan Mandal
                                Mar 25, 2016 at 3:14 pm
                                Here comes the TEST of TRUE 'Patriotism and Nationalism' to save this man and not DISOWN him to his fate. Time for the 'Patiala House Court Patriots' to show up now and show what they are made off!
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                                  BAL.Krishna.Bhakt
                                  Mar 25, 2016 at 10:18 pm
                                  Baluchistan belongs to Barat. In the VeDIK times, Baluchistan was called BAL Sutra Stanam. You know what 'BAL' means. In Rig Veda and Yajur Veda, it is mentioned in cheaper 420 and verse 420, it is clearly mentioned about BAL Sutra Stamam. So Modi's initiative is justified.
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                                    Gone.with.jet
                                    Mar 25, 2016 at 10:22 pm
                                    He is actually a spy recruited by ISI. Like RETIRED THIEF OF AIR STAFF AD(CRIMINAL) Thyagi who was allowed to escape in a RAW jet to Cayman Islands.
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                                      Enjoying.the.weekend.over.beer
                                      Mar 25, 2016 at 4:38 pm
                                      Sushma Swaraj sent him there to route her looted money through the Reddy brothers to LIECHTENSTEIN. Modi's visit to Nawaz Shariff was to sign a Memoryndum of UNDERSTANDING. ISI exposed inadvertently.!!!
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                                        IndianWellWisher
                                        Mar 25, 2016 at 6:37 pm
                                        You r hilarious!!!
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                                          khan
                                          Mar 25, 2016 at 4:38 pm
                                          Indians are foo....ed since long although they don't consume beef. Why he was traveling on official pport ...see now
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                                            khan
                                            Mar 25, 2016 at 4:43 pm
                                            Why he was travelling with fake ideny? See his name on pport and one at MOD
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