New Delhi admits spy served in Indian Navy

Published: March 26, 2016
Express News screen grab of alleged documents of the 'RAW officer'

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


India admitted on Friday that the man arrested by Pakistani security forces on Thursday in Balochistan had served in the Indian Navy as Islamabad lodged a protest with New Delhi and expressed ‘deep concern’ over the country’s spying activities in Pakistan.

Balochistan Home Minister Sarfaraz Bugti had identified the man as ‘Kul Yadav Bhoshan’, a commander-ranked officer in Indian Navy.

‘RAW officer’ arrested in Balochistan

Bugti said Bhoshan was working for Indian spy agency, Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), and was in contact with Baloch separatists and terrorists fuelling sectarian violence in the province.

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

A day after the arrest, Foreign Secretary Aizaz Chaudhry summoned on Friday the Indian High Commissioner Gautam Bambawale to the Foreign Office to lodge a formal complaint.

“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,” said a brief statement issued by the Foreign Office spokesperson.

However, India dismissed the allegations of espionage but accepted the man had served the Indian Navy. Indian External Affairs Ministry spokesperson on Friday said the detained individual “has no link with (the) government since his premature retirement from Indian Navy”.

Indian authorities have also 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 spokesperson said, according to Hindustan Times.

Express News had reported that the security forces arrested the spy near the Pakistan-Afghan border region of Chaman. There were also reports that the suspect, who is believed to have been working with insurgent commanders in the region, had been moved to Islamabad.

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Bhoshan’s activities

According to details of interrogations issued by Interior Ministry, Bhoshan – bearing Indian Navy ID 41588Z – had been working for RAW since 2013. He had a passport on which his name appeared as ‘Hussain Mubarak Patel’ and he was issued an Iranian visa on it.

He was earlier deputed to the Iranian port in Chabahar. Later, he entered Balochistan and had been living there along with his wife and two children.

Bhoshan used local people in carrying out terrorist activities and was plotting to separate Balochistan and Karachi from the rest of Pakistan.

He was acting as training commander for Baloch separatist leader Dr Allah Nazar Baloch and also used pseudonyms like Mubarak Hussain, Hasan Baloch and Imdad Ullah. He also helped in Baloch separatist in moving to Afghanistan.

Pakistan has long been blaming India for fomenting insurgency and violence in Balochistan and Karachi. Last year in September, three dossiers containing proof of Indian involvement in terrorist activities in Pakistan were also handed over to the United Nations.

Nisar to seek Iranian help

Meanwhile, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has said Pakistan will seek help from the Iranian government in connection with the arrest of an Indian official from Balochistan.

“Complete investigation into the matter is yet to take place but the arrest is a serious matter, which confirms Pakistan’s stance that foreign hands are involved in deteriorating law and order situation of Balochistan,” he said, while responding to a question on Friday.

Nisar said no country in the region should take the country’s efforts for peace and friendship as its ‘weakness.’ He appreciated the performance of sensitive agencies, whose endeavours cracked this anti-country network.

Published in The Express Tribune, March 26th, 2016.

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Reader Comments (11)

  • Gujesh
    Mar 26, 2016 - 8:41AM

    According to Times of India Report, the man was doing business from Bundar Abbas, Iran after retirement and was lured into business from Pakistan and was arrested. According to report, Pak army is seeking parity with India at the time of their team’s visit to India in connection with Pathankot terror attack. Pak army wants to prove that India also does the same thing as Pakistan. Recommend

  • Vectra
    Mar 26, 2016 - 9:29AM

    India has admitted the individual its citizen who was former navy officer but rejected the espionage allegations.
    This is what India says,
    “Pakistan had recently admitted it has no evidence to prove that Indian agencies were involved in its internal affairs and the RAW dossier flashed by Sartaj Aziz was just hearsay. He himself admitted the dossier had no proof of RAW involvement in Balochistan. With the arrest of this individual, Pakistan is trying hard to project it as if the man was on an spy mission”

    As far as documents is concerned then in frankly thinks Pak govt is making a joke of itself by flashing the same in TV as it clearly says different name but the adress was Mumbai.I wonder how the world is going to believe pakistan’s version as every nations has spy and they knows the spy rules.No spy agency though they can send the individual with different name but they are not fools to sends their spy with their own nation address mentioned i.e Mumbai in this case so Pakistan govt has acted prematurely by flashing everything on TV but India played a masterstroke by accepting the individuals its citizens so easily but categorically denying any spy link thus putting Pakistan in a fix.Recommend

  • Last Man Alive
    Mar 26, 2016 - 11:02AM

    indians need not worry.

    india’s trusted friend nawaz sharif will

    help indians out of this too.Recommend

  • naeemhussain
    Mar 26, 2016 - 11:13AM

    Shame on India. If some thing happens in India it is always Pakistan fault even if some one from India is involved but when some thing happens in Pakistan it is conspiracy.Recommend

  • JJ
    Mar 26, 2016 - 11:21AM

    “I wonder how the world is going to believe pakistan’s version”. Who cares about the world. As long as the Pakistanis believe all this, the purpose is achieved.Recommend

  • Vectra
    Mar 26, 2016 - 12:55PM

    “As long as the Pakistanis believe all this, the purpose is achieved.”

    Didn’t pakistanis are believing all this since 1947 and is new for them today and what purpose is achieved since 1947 can you plz elaborate??

    I can see no purpose has been achieved but instead only loss and misery is achieved in almost everything.Recommend

  • FAZ
    Mar 26, 2016 - 1:05PM

    Even if PM Modi admits Indian espionage activities in Pakistan like he did in Bangladesh, the world will not listen. Hypocrisy is all around. Its the same attitude the world led against Germans after WW1. We all know what followed.Recommend

  • SHAH
    Mar 26, 2016 - 3:29PM

    Possible, but as we know, he was retired from RAW active service and documented, but in the books, he is in active service on overseas assignment, and when he will return back, he will resume his duties keeping in mind his seniority and promotions etc; This is what he is;; Make sure he is convicted as a spy, terrorist and then hanged; No mercy; then we will see how this retired commander is reinstated and promoted… after his death; There are more who were also arrested and now just wait and watch the show, it has just begun;Recommend

  • Vap
    Mar 26, 2016 - 3:59PM

    The denial of Indian citizens amazes me. If he wasn’t a spy, china would have never came to investigate him. But you keep on believing what Indian sources has to say and call it drama. Recommend

  • wasim ahmed
    Mar 26, 2016 - 4:28PM

    Indians are spreading terrorism in Pakistan by raw.. they have killed thousands of innocent Pakistanis…. a proper response should be given by our agencies by helping in kashmir, assam, and 12 other places where freedom fight is going on…. india is playing all cards…. its time we start with full swing..Recommend

  • Faisal
    Mar 26, 2016 - 5:37PM

    If he was lured into business how come he got hold of fake indian documents?
    Stop fooling your people india
    Just accept your dirty work.Recommend

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