Detained 'RAW' officer retired prematurely from Indian navy, says New Delhi

Published: March 25, 2016
Express News screen grab of alleged documents of the 'RAW officer'

Express News screen grab of alleged documents of the 'RAW officer'

New Delhi denied on Friday having any links with the naval intelligence officer rounded up by security agencies in Balochistan on Thursday over suspicion of spying for India’s premier spy agency the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW).

“The said individual has no link with government since his premature retirement from Indian Navy,” said a statement issued by India’s Ministry of External Affairs on Friday.

The ministry confirmed the matter was raised by Pakistan’s Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry with the Indian High Commissioner in Islamabad.

Express News screen grab of alleged documents of the ‘RAW officer’

“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,” the statement read.

Nisar terms spy arrest ‘grave concern’

The country’s top security czar termed on Friday the arrest of the Indian spy from Balochistan a grave concern, saying external forces are involved in deteriorating law and order in the province, Express News reported.

Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar said a detailed investigation of the occurrence is still to be conducted and Iran’s help maybe sought in this regard.

He also warned the neighbouring country not to mistake Pakistan’s efforts for regional peace and reconciliation with vulnerability.

The interior minister also praised security forces for breaking a network of the enemy working against the country.

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Take nation into confidence: Imran

Meanwhile, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan said the arrest highlighted Indian’s designs and intentions against Pakistan.

He demanded the government to take the nation into confidence over anti-Pakistan activities of RAW as well as measures taken at the borders to curb terrorism.

The chairman observed that the arrest surfaced despite the fact that Pakistan is cooperating with India on the Pathankot incident, while no headway is made in Samjhota Express probe.

Earlier during the day, Pakistan lodged protest with India over the latter’s “spying activities” in Balochistan and Karachi.

“Through a demarche the Foreign Secretary on Friday conveyed Pakistan’s protest and deep concern on the illegal entry into Pakistan by a RAW officer and his involvement in subversive activities in Balochistan and Karachi,” a statement said.

Balochistan Home Minister Sarfaraz Bugti had on Thursday said security forces arrested Kul Bhushan Yadav, an Indian naval intelligence officer working for RAW from the troubled province.

“Kul Bhushan Yadav, a commander-ranked officer in Indian Navy was working for RAW and was in contact with Baloch separatists and terrorists fuelling sectarian violence in Pakistan and Balochistan,” Bugti told the media. The minister, however, did not disclose the exact location of where the man was arrested.

‘RAW officer’ arrested in Balochistan

The suspect, who is believed to have been working with insurgent commanders in the region, was reportedly moved to Islamabad.

“The Indian spy was involved in financially supporting terrorists and also confessed to his involvement in Karachi unrest,” Bugti told reporters.

Islamabad and the Balochistan government have long accused RAW and Afghan intelligence of funding and training Baloch insurgents, who have been targeting security forces and pro-government personalities in the province for the past 10 years.

Security forces have stepped up operations in the violence-wracked Balochistan province since the announcement of the National Action Plan against terrorism in December 2014. The province has been in the throes of a low-key insurgency since 2004, which became deadlier after the killing of Baloch chieftain Nawab Akbar Bugti in 2006.

Islamabad sees India’s growing diplomatic initiatives in Afghanistan in the same period as a cover for RAW agents working to destabilise Pakistan by training and arming separatists in Balochistan.

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Last year in September, three dossiers containing proof of Indian involvement in terrorist activities in Pakistan were handed over to the United Nations.

Prepared with utmost ‘diligence and care’, the dossiers contained ‘hard and irrefutable’ evidence regarding RAW hand in stoking terror in Balochistan, tribal areas and Karachi, according to the foreign office.

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Reader Comments (23)

  • ShamelessIndian
    Mar 25, 2016 - 5:59PM

    Yes and thats what mostly spies are. Recommend

  • Ammar
    Mar 25, 2016 - 6:01PM

    An endians ex military offical in pakistan without visa is know as a innocent tourist.Recommend

  • JD
    Mar 25, 2016 - 6:06PM

    Dear Indians, at least NOW stop trying to defend yourselves. Its ’bout time both countries realize that these proxy wars will never allow prosperity. Its up to you now to ask your government about these activities.Recommend

  • Muhammad Kashif
    Mar 25, 2016 - 6:15PM

    All spy agencies use retired armed forces officers as spies/agents . They are right to cover it up.Recommend

  • Vectra
    Mar 25, 2016 - 6:53PM

    India has already rejected the spy allegation except mere accepting him as its citizen as former naval officer with no link to govt.Now what will pak govt do?? Recommend

  • Umair Ahmad
    Mar 25, 2016 - 7:13PM

    I guess John Kerry’s travel itinerary just changed :)Recommend

  • Jawad U Rahman
    Mar 25, 2016 - 7:52PM

    Now we know why India is so interested in Chahbahar. Pakistan should raise this matter with President Rouhani of Iran visiting today. Iran MUST make sure its territory is not used by India against Pakistan.Recommend

  • Vectra
    Mar 25, 2016 - 7:58PM

    The Indian Government is sincere and it has accepted that he is an Indian citizen and has said that the individual is former navy officer.That means India is transparent but India has categorically rejected the false claim of espionage.Recommend

  • Usman778
    Mar 25, 2016 - 8:24PM

    India has been doing this inbaluchistan since the 1950s. In fact a lot of the things they complain about us were done in response to their attempt to suffocate pakistan since 1951. They are partially responsible for our ethnic quarrels yet pose around the world as gandhian peaceloversRecommend

  • Logitech
    Mar 25, 2016 - 9:43PM

    Make him eat beef kebab from Savour Foods in Islamabad.Recommend

  • sabi
    Mar 25, 2016 - 9:48PM

    Imran khan has adamantly backed taliban for destabilizing Pakistan.He is RAW agent.Recommend

  • Pathankot
    Mar 25, 2016 - 9:48PM

    India protest around the world so strongly that even other governments start demanding you investigation on Pathankot attack, even they don’t have any strong evidence. Here we have person arrested with ID Card and which Indian ministry accept he is an Ex-Navey person, and our Government is not taking it out any where in the world ? No international news, no sign of diplomatic channels, and is Pakistan going to include this agenda in up coming India-Pak Talks ?Recommend

  • salman
    Mar 25, 2016 - 11:27PM

    Thats a big fish Pakistan has caught. Indians are left with no choice than accepting him as their agent/national. This will go as a major embarrassment for Indians as Pakistan has yet another counter answer to Indian terrorism blames. Recommend

  • LS
    Mar 25, 2016 - 11:56PM

    We arrest/kill dozens like him here in India over a year. You arrested ONE… Yet to be seen if this is a fabrication or an actual spy.Recommend

  • Voice of Pakistan
    Mar 26, 2016 - 12:40AM

    indians should relax

    nawaz regime will

    surely help them

    out of this one


  • Raj Menon
    Mar 26, 2016 - 12:47AM

    Retired prematurely and also changed his religion,name, and country of domicile. Ha, ha, ha. Shame on you INdia. You have let me down. Recommend

  • Rustam
    Mar 26, 2016 - 1:37AM

    Samjota Express happened on Indian soil. What about its probe?Recommend

  • Rustam
    Mar 26, 2016 - 1:40AM

    Retired from hos core business and assigned a nee role for subversion in a neighbouring country. India using his ” retirement” to defend her. LOL. Recommend

  • Hameed
    Mar 26, 2016 - 2:01AM

    Any comment from Indians? Ajeet Dogal isn’t that smart after all?Recommend

  • Arijit Sharma
    Mar 26, 2016 - 2:15AM

    All resources must be deployed to free and bring back this person. Recommend

  • Azi
    Mar 26, 2016 - 3:49AM

    Keep denying it. In the end it’s him facing eternal torment in a cell not the indian “intelligence”. How easy is it for them to disown their own.Recommend

  • Hameed
    Mar 26, 2016 - 6:47AM

    @Arijit Sharma:
    ? All resources must be deployed to free and bring back this person.

    Ha ha . Why? Sounds like you are convinced he is for real? Don’t worry soon he will spil all the beans under interrogation and then he is of no further use to anybody.Recommend

  • Prada
    Mar 26, 2016 - 7:17AM

    An attempt to divert attention from the damaging revelations of Headley in the US.Recommend

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