Pakistani military on Tuesday claimed that the detained ‘spy’ was a serving Indian naval officer who converted to Islam to ‘foment terrorism’ in Balochistan province and the country’s financial capital Karachi.
“Kul Bhoshan Yadav is a serving Indian naval officer whose primary mission was to foment terrorism in Karachi and Balochistan,” military spokesman Lt Gen Asim Bajwa said.
“He converted to Islam and worked at Gadani under the cover of a scrap dealer,” Bajwa said in a joint press conference with Information Minister Pervez Rashid.
“He was working for the Indian spy agency and there is an active RAW network in Pakistan, especially in Balochistan,” Bajwa was quoted as saying by the Express Tribune newspaper.
The press conference started with a confessional 6-minute video of the alleged Indian spy.
Bajwa claimed that Pakistan and Balochistan’s maps were recovered from Yadav’s possession. “He used to establish a network of operatives, provide funds, arrange and smuggle people for terrorism in the country,” the spokesman added.
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Pakistan last week summoned Indian High Commissioner Gautam Bambawale to lodge its protest over ‘subversive activities’ of the alleged RAW officer.
The government sources in New Delhi, however, said Yadav has nothing to do with India’s external Intelligence agency.
There is no proof that the retired navy officer, who owns a cargo business in Iran, was arrested in Balochistan as claimed by Pakistan, they said.
Yadav owns a small ship and used to carry cargo from Bandar Abbas and Chabahar ports in Iran and other adjoining areas to various destinations, sources said.
He could have been arrested after he strayed into Pakistani waters and was being wrongly charged, they added.