India and Pakistan on Friday confronted each other over the latter’s claim of having caught a Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) spy, an ex-Navy man, in Balochistan. New Delhi said, “The person arrested has no link with the Government since his premature retirement from Indian Navy.”
MEA spokesperson Vikas Swarup said the matter was raised by Pakistan’s Foreign Secretary with the Indian High Commissioner in Islamabad. “The said individual has no link with the Government since his premature retirement from Indian Navy. We have sought consular access to him. India has no interest in interfering in internal matters of any country and firmly believes that a stable and peaceful Pakistan is in the interest of all in the region,” Swarup said while refuting Pakistan’s allegation.
India’s reaction came after Pakistan summoned Indian High Commissioner in Islamabad Gautam Bambawale to lodge its protest over “subversive activities” of an alleged RAW officer, a day after Pakistani security forces arrested him in Balochistan.
“The Indian High Commissioner was summoned by the Foreign Secretary today and through a demarche 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.
Balochistan Home Minister Mir Sarfaraz Bugti identified the “official” as Kul Yadav Bhushan and alleged he was a commander-ranking officer in the Indian Navy and was working for RAW.
Bugti claimed that Bhushan was in contact with Baloch separatists and terrorists fuelling sectarian violence in Balochistan. The Minister, however, did not disclose the exact location of where he was arrested.
But, sources said, Bhushan was arrested from Chaman area of Balochistan, which is close to the Afghanistan border. Pakistan had accused India of stoking violence in Balochistan and Karachi in the past but it is for the first time that it has claimed arresting a RAW officer.