The mysterious Mr Jadhav

The case of the Indian sentenced in Pakistan offers more questions than answers

Written by Karan Thapar | Published:April 21, 2017 12:46 am
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I’m not sure who Kulbhushan Jadhav is, or how he came to be in Pakistan, but my curiosity has been aroused and I’ve tried to read as widely as I can to find the answers. Alas, all I’ve ended up with is questions. The more I learn, the more they multiply.

First, why does Jadhav have two passports, one in his own name and another in the name of Hussein Mubarak Patel? According to The Indian Express, the second passport was originally issued in 2003 and renewed in 2014. The passport numbers are E6934766 and L9630722. When asked, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson would only say that India needs access to Jadhav before he could answer. But why not check the records attached to the passport numbers? Surely they would tell a story?

Additionally, The Times of India claims that since 2007, Jadhav has rented a Bombay flat owned by his mother, Avanti, in the name of Hussein Mubarak Patel. Why would he use an alias to rent his own mother’s flat?

Perhaps Jadhav changed his name after converting to Islam? But then, why did he deliberately retain a valid passport in his old name? Indeed, why did the government let him, unless he deceived them?

Second, the government claims Jadhav was kidnapped from Iran and forcibly brought to Balochistan. A former German ambassador to Pakistan, Gunter Mulack, at least initially suggested this was true — but has the government pursued the matter with Mulack?

If it has, that hasn’t been reported, nor has what he revealed.

However, we did pursue the matter with Iran, but, as the MEA spokesperson admitted, they don’t seem to have responded or, perhaps, even conducted an investigation yet. We seem to have accepted that.

Odd, wouldn’t you say?

If Pakistan did abduct Jadhav, don’t we need to ask why? Doesn’t that raise the question of what was so special about him that made them do this? After all, there are 4,000 Indians in Iran — and no one else has been abducted.

Third, both The Indian Express and Asian Age suggest that Jadhav has links with the Pakistani drug baron Uzair Baloch. Did he play dirty with him and get caught in a revenge trap set by the drug mafia? Given that Jadhav was arrested a month after Baloch, this could be part of the explanation.

Finally, The Indian Express has reported that between 2010 and 2012, Jadhav made three separate attempts to join the Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW). The paper suggests he also tried to join the Technical Services Division. What more do we know about this? Even if the media doesn’t, surely the government does? A. S. Dulat, a distinguished former chief of R&AW, has unhesitatingly said Jadhav could be a spy. As he put it, if he was the government, he would hardly admit it.

Just a few days before Jadhav’s sudden conviction and death sentence, the Pakistani media claimed a retired Pakistani army officer, Lt. Col. Muhammad Habib Zahir, had gone missing in Lumbini, close to the Indian border. The Pakistani media is convinced he’s been trapped by R&AW. Was Jadhav convicted and sentenced to preempt India from claiming it had caught a Pakistani spy? And now, is an exchange of ‘spies’ possible?

I’m not sure who will answer these questions, and perhaps it would not be proper for the government to do so, but whilst they hang in the air, the mystery surrounding Jadhav will only grow.

The writer is President of Infotainment Television and a TV anchor

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    Jasrita Dubey
    Apr 25, 2017 at 11:29 am
    It looks like Kulbushan Jadhav was doubble agent for India and stan both . His credentials need to be verified by Ministry of external affairs of India .
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      rajg
      Apr 25, 2017 at 2:05 am
      Any body with some military past is an et for the enemy to abduct. The other 4000 people of Indian origin were not. This 4000 number argument of Thapar proves he could be working for stan and being paid in some other countries like swiss bank.
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        Rajinder Kumar
        Apr 24, 2017 at 11:59 am
        Mr Karan Thapar has raised very serious issue in his write up. If he is an Indian Spy as alleged by stan, It is a matter of state and has to be dealt with in a different manner. I would request Mr Karan Thapar to answer some questions about himself to ensure that he does not have conflict of Interest in the matter. These questions are : Who are the personalities in stan ( including those who have overtly retired from service) with whom you are in regular touch with? Do you maintain contacts with serving or retired officers or public personalities beyond your journalistic pursuit. Did you ever indulged in informal or formal diplomacy at the request of Indian Government or stan officials beyond your journalistic pursuit? Do you always publish your stories about your private interactions with stani officials and politicians. Answer to these questions are necessary to establish your credibility as there are stories in circulati
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          KnowTheTruth
          Apr 24, 2017 at 9:51 pm
          very pertinent questions. This Thapar Joker should just shut up and let the government do his job. No expert opinions required on this sensitive topic
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          Nomee
          Apr 23, 2017 at 8:51 pm
          Some good questions raised by the journalist, hats off Mr Thaapar
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            Satish Sharma
            Apr 23, 2017 at 4:25 pm
            We Indian ashamed to have such type of journalists like Karan Thapar
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              Patriot
              Apr 22, 2017 at 11:55 pm
              This karan thapar is a shameless agent always writes views and pro stani articles but never writes indian views . As usual this crossbred animal eating agent is writing in favour of animals . Why can't this crossbred animal ask impotent army quoranimals to conduct fair and open trial. The shameless impotent army animals who were sheltering osma bin laden near their army barracks until uncle sam caught their pants down are the same impotent animals who are denying an open trial on this issue . If this karan thapar is really born to single father and not a agent he would have questioned rogue army for a fair trial . s: www. /watch?v 5I44zBOT9v8
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                David
                Apr 23, 2017 at 5:35 am
                I ume you are calling his mother a and him a . What garbage you write. Put your name where your mouth is, false Patriot.
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                Honesty
                Apr 22, 2017 at 9:28 pm
                Thank You to Indian Express and this reporter Karan Thapar for Honesty. Why was Khulbushan Yadav carrying 2 p ports ? Why did he have a p port with the name "Mubarak Hussain Patel" ? Why was he trying in 2010-2012 to join RAW, if he is not a spy ?
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                  Patriot
                  Apr 23, 2017 at 6:06 pm
                  If you are really born to single father tell that thapar a handler impotent animal a wife seller to s to tell stan impotent army animals to have an open trial . This is my single question ? HE WAS ARRESTED IN MARCH 2016 after nine months in december 2016 their own minister claims in parliament and says there is no evidence on kulbushan . Still those impotent army animals convict him denying him fair trial These type of impotent bastad GARBAGE journos who sit in safe confines of AC rooms are THE BIGGEST CURSE OF THIS COUNTRY . Not only sell their wives and do business they sell the nation and do business What prevents this bastad to ask questions on army ???? INSTEAD OF questioning me BE HONEST AND NEUTRAL Whether kulbushan is spy or not still debatable Why this impotent karan didn't raise questions for fair trial Antinational rogues ,rascals ,bootleggers filthy impotent animals acting as agents masquerading as journos . What a shame
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                    KnowTheTruth
                    Apr 24, 2017 at 9:54 pm
                    @Honesty 2 p ports- one for your wife and other for your mom
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                    Honesty
                    Apr 22, 2017 at 9:24 pm
                    Thank You to Indian Express and this reporter for Honesty. Why was Khulbushan Yadav carrying 2 p ports ? Why did he have a p port with the name "Mubarak Hussain Patel" ? Why was he trying in 2010-2012 to join RAW, if he is not a spy ?
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                      Patriot
                      Apr 23, 2017 at 12:07 am
                      The shameless impotent stan army animals who were sheltering osma bin laden the world renowned terrorist near their army barracks until uncle sam caught their pants down are the same lier impotent animals who are denying an open trial on this issue . If this karan thapar is really born to single father and not a agent masquerading as a filthy journalist he would have questioned rogue army for a fair and open trial . One should watch this interview to know true colours of this agent called karan thapar s: www. /watch?v EQJWaSY16KY
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                        KnowTheTruth
                        Apr 24, 2017 at 9:54 pm
                        one for your wife and other for your mom
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                        Gerry
                        Apr 22, 2017 at 7:38 pm
                        How does Mr. Thapar claim/infer that other Indians in Iran are not abducted? Is he privy to information from the ISI of stan? Please refrain from journalistic "Katha Kali" (journalistic contortions) under pain of the phrase "Press utes" gaining currency amongst the people of our country.
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                          Arvind
                          Apr 22, 2017 at 5:03 pm
                          Mr. Thapar is at it again, second guessing the workings of intelligence agencies for which he is least qualified and as an arm chair journalist does not even ask relevant questions. The story he is narrating is put out by the ISI. Did Jadav convert to Islam? Does he really have two p ports ? Is it possible for ISI to produce a fake Indian p port? Intelligence agencies make and deal in stolen p ports. The idea that jhadav is a former navy officer helps the narrative of the ISI. Mr. Thapar is on a wild goose chase set for him by the ISI. His journalistic ability is doubtful and he is largely a congress stooge.
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                            Patriot
                            Apr 23, 2017 at 12:09 am
                            The shameless impotent stan army animals who were sheltering osma bin laden the world renowned terrorist near their army barracks until uncle sam caught their pants down are the same lier impotent animals who are denying an open trial on this issue . If this karan thapar is really born to single father and not a agent masquerading as a filthy journalist he would have questioned rogue army for a fair and open trial . One should watch this interview to know true colours of this agent called karan thapar google karan thapar stan agent traitor to know how he is ripped directly s: www. /watch?v EQJWaSY16KY
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                              Patriot
                              Apr 23, 2017 at 6:09 pm
                              @ gerry .He is an impotent handler . Please google on "" karan thapar , traitor "" an interview conducted many years back . THIS ARTICLES JUST CONFIRMS HIS TRUE COLOURS
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                              Sivakumar
                              Apr 22, 2017 at 3:42 pm
                              Which is he truthfully reporting, have he ever truthfully reported about the correption slowly killing the country, has he ever truthfully reported the double faces of some so called civil society, award Vapasi selective amnesia those people who even support Islamic terrorism. He never did that. Watch closely his devil advocate show, you will appreciate me, he try to put question as if he is an honest journalist but at the end he will prove that he is always one sided and pre concluded opinion he try to thrust upon. I found an honesty only a few journalists viz. Arnab, Anand and few more. Will he ever report where his finances are come from, will he ever report Sonia and her coterie, hypocracy of congress and left leaders never it will happen. If at all if he want to question introspect himself not son of the soil.
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                                Rajesh
                                Apr 22, 2017 at 2:52 pm
                                What does this Thapar think. stan is not a friendly state. It is a state which creates disturbance in our country. It is indeed an enemy country and spies are common between enemy countries. stan is acting dangerously in this region and it need to be reigned in. Just shut your mouth and stay home, Thapar.
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                                  Patriot
                                  Apr 23, 2017 at 12:11 am
                                  google traitor karan thapar . You will know how he is openly directly ripped
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                                  lafanga
                                  Apr 22, 2017 at 2:37 pm
                                  A journalist in India asks some honest questions about the facts we know so far and he is abused by Indians as Pak sympathiser and Pak spy. Can you losers point out what is it that you disagree with in his questions instead of immaturely hurling insults at him?
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                                    Sivakumar
                                    Apr 22, 2017 at 3:53 pm
                                    What honest question, he is trying to sabotage and trying to add fuel on fire at the time nation is trying hard to prove he is not a spy but a Indian working in Iran. He is a stooge and a corrupt journalist . If at all he is a spy, has not gone there for picnic, he had gone there for you, me and for the country. You people are betraying him, you people are Selfish, boneless creatures. You people can even sell your near and dear one for lavish life. Shame on you people, son of guests.
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                                      lafanga
                                      Apr 22, 2017 at 4:31 pm
                                      Do the Indians working in Iran in the habit of carrying two p ports? Why did he rent a flat in Mumbai using his fake iden y and not the real one? If you can answer both questions than you have proven Kulbushan innocent.
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                                        Patriot
                                        Apr 23, 2017 at 12:16 am
                                        The shameless impotent porki army animals who were sheltering osma bin laden the world renowned terrorist near their army barracks until uncle sam caught their pants down are the same lier impotent animals who are denying an open trial on this issue . If this karan thapar is really born to single father and not a agent masquerading as a filthy press ute really really honest he would have questioned rogue porki army for a fair and open trial . One should watch this interview conducted long long ago to know true colours of this agent called karan thapar google karan thapar porki agent traitor to know how he is ripped. I t is available on conducted long long ago . Once again karan proven he is not born to single father by giving his one sided logic
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                                        KnowTheTruth
                                        Apr 24, 2017 at 9:59 pm
                                        without a fair trial it will never be known whether he indeed was carrying 2 p ports, or the porkistani isi faked one of it. For those who can print duplicate indian currency, p port shouldn't be a big deal. P port office have already reported that no such p port with that number is issued by them.
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                                        Shyam Nediyanchath
                                        Apr 22, 2017 at 1:24 pm
                                        Karan Thapar just sold his country man for few "Bucks" while taking the comfort of Indian democracy. Absolutely shameless. We should boycott this SOB.
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                                          Sivakumar
                                          Apr 22, 2017 at 1:03 pm
                                          Dear Karan, don't show to the nation that you are a very honest journalist, you journalists are the most dishonest persons that nation know. You people take money and report news. ume he is a spy, how come you are so insensitive in this subject. What are you trying to establish. You people are living comfortably with spacious bungla under AC with peacefully sleeping with your wife and children because of sacrifices of many security agencies, be it armed forces or spy agency. You proved in this article that even you can go in to any extend to even sell your mother, wife and your daughter for money. Shame on your part, shame on you, shame on you. Disgraceful creature you are. Shame on you
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                                            Patriot
                                            Apr 23, 2017 at 6:16 pm
                                            An impotent animal wife seller to animals a handler spy sitting in safe confines and selling his wife and the nation . This impotent animal don't have guts to demand a fair trial inspite of their own minister claiming not much evidence to prosecute him google karan thapar the traitor . You will know how he was exposed many years back . This article just confirms that
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                                              KnowTheTruth
                                              Apr 24, 2017 at 10:00 pm
                                              i agree. This loud mouth reporter has no business to open his mouth on affairs that he is least qualified to talk about
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                                              Bhagat Singh
                                              Apr 22, 2017 at 11:54 am
                                              I totally appreciate the honest, unbiased, fair and highly professional journalism from Mr. Thapar. It clearly demonstrates that Karan has deep insight on the regional issues specially what India is trying to create chaos and terrorism inside stan. What Karan raised few issues, two main issues were his two p ports issued by Indian government and so far did not deny the validity of the issuance of these p port and how he rented his mother apartment in Mumbai to create a history of his Muslim name, a typical method of covert operation to set up a fake history in case counter espionage agency might have check him out. Since Jagdev was caught, 400 or more Indian spies and terrorist get caught in Baluchistan and Karachi famous of them is Uzair Baluch who accepted his links with RAW and Jagdev and he is being tried in military court and soon will be executed. Finally, after Jagdev caught, the bombiing and terrorism in Baluchistan and in Karachi was substantially decreased .
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                                                Patriot
                                                Apr 23, 2017 at 12:21 am
                                                The shameless impotent porki army animals who were sheltering osma bin laden the world renowned terrorist near their army barracks and was in denial mode until uncle sam caught their pants down are the same lier impotent animals who are denying an open trial on this issue . If this karan thapar is really born to single father and not a porki agent masquerading as a filthy journo really really honest he would have questioned rogue army for a fair and open trial . One should watch this interview to know true colours of this agent called karan thapar google karan thapar agent traitor to know how he is ripped long long ago This article confirms he is a porki agent
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                                                  KnowTheTruth
                                                  Apr 24, 2017 at 10:02 pm
                                                  without a fair trial it will never be known whether he indeed was carrying 2 p ports, or the porkistani isi faked one of it. For those who can print duplicate indian currency, p port shouldn't be a big deal. P port office have already reported that no such p port with that number is issued by them. Just because he is in captivity, doesn't mean you can slap all charges on him.
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                                                  Atul Ingle
                                                  Apr 22, 2017 at 11:15 am
                                                  On one side there American Indian who are signing pe ion for the rescue of an Indian national & on other side there is this old THURKI BUDDHA (may be Pak spy) who is trying his best to ensure the murder of the same person. Just introspect & ask urself whether u r a Journalist or an Indian first?
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                                                    Patriot
                                                    Apr 25, 2017 at 2:03 pm
                                                    This impotent wife SEELER should answer my questions instead of raising questions if he is really born to single father 1. You are an impotent animal writing only what you imagine . Why ?? 2. Why you are not questioning sartaj aziz statement in parliament after full nine months which says there is no prosecutable evidence 3. Why are you not questioning your impotent ISI masters asking evidence of his arrest details 4. Why you didn't question for a fair and an open trial 5. You are so much concerned about the two p ports but as an impotent why you didn't raise a question for an open trial 6. Any honest journo will be honest enough to analyse pros and cons only impotent nation sellers and wife sellers will give biased one sided views . Why did you act like this 7. Last question as an impotent journo porki-stan agent how much you got for selling your wife and the nation to a terror factory called porki-stan This article confirms you are an impotent porki-stan agent
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                                                    Parivel
                                                    Apr 22, 2017 at 10:52 am
                                                    Thevidiya pasanga.... Indian express team & Karan thapper... Mother fu$kers
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                                                      Patriot
                                                      Apr 23, 2017 at 6:23 pm
                                                      impotent crossbred animal . A wife seller to porki animals Don't have guts to ask one question a fair trial and evidence . A porky handler spy masquerading as journos . Curse of the country . Not only selling his wife to create another impotent crossbred breed as well selling his own country with his filthy logic
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                                                      dheerendra
                                                      Apr 22, 2017 at 10:48 am
                                                      Indian express should remove this story. Please in the name of free speech please do not allow anti- national activities
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                                                        R.L. Verma
                                                        Apr 22, 2017 at 11:11 am
                                                        I think, Karan Thapar raised valid questions. There is nothing anti-national in it.
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                                                          Patriot
                                                          Apr 23, 2017 at 12:23 am
                                                          The shameless impotent porki army animals who were sheltering osma bin laden the world renowned terrorist near their army barracks and was in denial mode until uncle sam caught their pants down are the same lier impotent animals who are denying an open trial on this issue . If this karan thapar is really born to single father and not a porki agent masquerading as a filthy journo really really honest he would have questioned rogue army for a fair and open trial . One should watch this interview to know true colours of this agent called karan thapar google karan thapar agent traitor to know how he is ripped long long ago One more one sided article confirms he is a porki agent not born to single father
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                                                          dheerendra
                                                          Apr 22, 2017 at 10:46 am
                                                          He now becomes famous in porkistan their leading news paper has just now published an article in support of this story and showing karan thapar as world acclaimed journalist. You f................. g moron thapar again you prove that people like you would not hesitate to sell his own mother shame on you................... backstabber
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                                                            Muhammad Rabi Rizvi
                                                            Apr 22, 2017 at 9:58 am
                                                            "After all, there are 4,000 Indians in Iran — and no one else has been abducted." Lack of evidence most probably shows he was not abducted rather got caught in an act. Thats the reason the issue was raised with the Iranian president during his visit to stan (you dont raise such issues if there is no smoking gun). I can see indians are frustrated and calling degrading names to stan but did the same ppl requested their own govt why they risked the "son of the homeland" when they could hire an afghan to do the job. listen to doval,he was in RAW,he would know more than a common patriotic indian hyper-venting right now. But if you dont like what he stated than call him "daish darohi" or ISI stoog as well(he deserves it too by the same logic)
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