Pakistan arrests ‘RAW’ agent, India denies link

AS five members of a Pakistan Joint Investigation Team set to arrive in India on Sunday to carry forward the probe into the Pathankot IAF base attack, blamed on Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) militants,Islamabad claimed to have arrested an alleged “RAW agent” and accused him of creating unrest in Balochistan .

Pakistan  summoned Indian High Commissioner Gautam Bambawale and lodged a strong protest after an alleged “RAW agent” was arrested in Balochistan. New Delhi denied the arrested man had any links with the Indian government.

The ministry of External Affairs said  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).

The summons to Bambawale came a day after security forces claimed the arrest of a serving Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) officer during a raid three days ago in Balochistan, Dawn online reported.

The News International identified the alleged RAW officer as Kulbushan Yadav, said to be an in-service commander rank officer in the Indian Navy. New Delhi said it had sought consular access to him.

During initial investigation, Yadav is reported to have confessed his links with “separatist, sectarian and terrorist organisations in Karachi and Balochistan”.

Foreign office sources were quoted as saying that Foreign Secretary Aizaz Chaudhry summoned Bambawale and provided him details of the arrest.

Chaudhry lodged a strong protest over the alleged RAW officer’s spying activities in Balochistan and Karachi and said that this was unacceptable, Pakistani sources said.

The RAW officer had been shifted to Islamabad for interrogation as he was suspected of involvement in various acts of terrorism and other subversive activities in Balochistan, Pakistani media said.

In New Delhi, the government said it had no links with the alleged Indian spy.

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