Iran’s help sought to stop RAW-backed terror

Published: March 27, 2016
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Gen Raheel Sharif in a meeting with Iranian President Hassan Rowhani. PHOTO: AFP

Gen Raheel Sharif in a meeting with Iranian President Hassan Rowhani. PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD: 

Pakistan’s military said on Saturday that the involvement of India’s top spy agency in stoking violence in Balochistan was discussed in a meeting between Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif and Iranian President Hassan Rowhani.

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“There is one concern that RAW (Research and Analysis Wing, India’s top intelligence agency) is involved in Pakistan, especially in Balochistan,” Lt-Gen Asim Salim Bajwa, the director general of the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), wrote on the microblogging site Twitter, quoting from the ‘text of COAS’s conversation’ with the Iranian leader.

“Sometimes [RAW] also uses the soil of our brother country, Iran. I request they should be told to stop these activities and allow Pakistan to achieve stability,” he further quoted the army chief as saying in the meeting.

Lt-Gen Bajwa’s fresh tweets came minutes after President Rowhani said at a news conference that the issue of RAW’s involvement in Pakistan was not discussed in his meetings with the Pakistani leadership.

“Today, we did not talk about it, rather we talked about how to expand [bilateral] ties,” Rowhani said when asked if the issue of India’s involvement in Pakistan was discussed in his interactions with the Pakistani leaders.

“Whenever Iran and Pakistan try to come close and intimate, some quarters create such rumours. We have heard about this issue some 20 times in the past. We have good ties with both India and Pakistan,” he added.

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Earlier in the day, the chief military spokesman tweeted that President Rowhani met the army chief to discuss matters of importance. Gen Raheel discussed with the Iranian leader the issue of RAW’s involvement in Pakistan’s internal affairs, especially in Balochistan, he said.

President Rowhani also appreciated the achievements of Pakistan Army in the continuing offensive against militants in Fata, Operation Zarb-e-Azb, according to Lt-Gen Bajwa. “Matters of regional security, Pakistan-Iran relations, border security and connectivity were discussed during the meeting,” he said.

A RAW agent, identified as Kul Bhushan Yadav, was arrested in a raid near the Pak-Afghan border town of Chaman, in Balochistan, on Thursday, according to the provincial home minister, Sarfaraz Bugti. He said Yadav was Commander in the Indian Navy. “He was in contact with Baloch separatists and terrorists fuelling sectarian violence in Pakistan and Balochistan,” Bugti said.

On Friday, Foreign Secretary Aizaz Chaudhry summoned the Indian high commissioner, Gautam Bambawale, to the Foreign Office to lodge a formal complaint.

“Through a demarche the foreign secretary 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.

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New Delhi accepted Yadav had served the Indian Navy, but dismissed the allegations of espionage. Indian External Affairs Ministry spokesperson said the detained individual “has no link with [the] government since his premature retirement from the Indian Navy.”

 

Published in The Express Tribune, March 27th, 2016.

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Reader Comments (15)

  • manoj
    Mar 27, 2016 - 9:48AM

    just now saw denial by President Rowhani of having any discussion regarding RAW with Army chief Pakistan.

    Pak army spokesman should apologize to President Rowhani for planting such misleading news in media. Recommend

  • Bharti
    Mar 27, 2016 - 11:07AM

    You guys are really becoming laughing stock -Retired Navy Officer RAW agent.And your govt expect to sell this lie.hilarious!!Recommend

  • zubair
    Mar 27, 2016 - 11:15AM

    This shows to what extent we have become a beggar state due to mega corruption that occurs daily in our country in all forms and we have lost all respect. Due to this reason Iran values relation with India more important than with Pakistan.Recommend

  • zuabir
    Mar 27, 2016 - 11:26AM

    This shows to what extent we have become a beggar state due to mega corruption that occurs daily in our country in all forms and we have lost all respect. Due to this reason Iran values relation with India more important than with Pakistan.Recommend

  • Raees Ahmad
    Mar 27, 2016 - 11:41AM

    Can we ensure PSL matches in Pakistan? No
    Can we provide security to our schools? No
    Can we stop involvement of other countries like India, Iran, Saudia etc.? No

    We have army smaller than America and India but the number of in-service generals is greater than that in America and we have younger general than that in India.

    Then what is logic on spending too much on intelligence agencies and Army?

    It is amazing that a CM of one province grants 2.5 millions to a school run by Ex.sevicemen of PAF while present Chief of Air Staff can grant 10 million to this private school, 4 times greater than the resources of a province.

    This is how defense budget is being used for which brave army can not be questioned in the assembly. Recommend

  • Last Man Alive
    Mar 27, 2016 - 11:48AM

    Why would they help Pakistan?

    They help RAW.Recommend

  • ghazal
    Mar 27, 2016 - 12:10PM

    this happens when you try doing every else job instead of yours. no wonder Pakistani foreign policy has failed so may timesRecommend

  • lolz
    Mar 27, 2016 - 2:12PM

    Was Osama Bin Laden an Iranian?Recommend

  • Sunil
    Mar 27, 2016 - 2:19PM

    Wish this was true, I look forward to the day India destabilizes Pakistan. But we are far to silly to do that. We should not tolerate the existence of Pakistan.Recommend

  • Dr.M.M. Khan
    Mar 27, 2016 - 2:33PM

    The visit of President Rouhani showed Pakistani diplomacy at its worst. The distinguished visitor was officially met by the COAS and the activities of RAW were DISCUSSED. The ISPR spokesman went overboard issuing twitter accounts of the meeting. WERE the activities of RAW on the agenda? Surely it should have been the domain of the foreign ministry rather than the military—but then we don’t have a REAL FM. There is a subtle difference between drawing notice and discussions. The former needs only one while the latter needs two parties. The president of Iran denied “discussions”. Instead of directly addressing india the COAS has tried to involve IRAN in the internal subversion of Pakistan. This is wrong. The ISPR spokesman should leave such staements to the diplmats. He is ill equipped to pracice dipomacy through twitter accounts!NEVER EMBARASS A FOREIGN HEAD OF STATE!Recommend

  • Sunil
    Mar 27, 2016 - 4:17PM

    @Raees Ahmad: Pakistan is occupied India, you can rewrite our history but it makes no difference. Just like you do not tolerate Israel, we do not tolerate Pakistan, that includes Bangladesh. Do what you like, but we will not let you exist. 1,000 years of Islamic oppression is not forgotten.Recommend

  • Bunny Rabbit
    Mar 27, 2016 - 4:20PM

    Pak back to blame its fav whipping boy – India . Recommend

  • Vectra
    Mar 27, 2016 - 4:41PM

    “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”Recommend

  • echoboom
    Mar 27, 2016 - 9:46PM

    There was no need to carry that stick…when will the slaves unlearn their “english” training. A British CO will never be this rude.Free people know manners and proper protocol and behaviour.Recommend

  • Aniket Kumar Shrivastava
    Mar 27, 2016 - 10:23PM

    India has always advocated for peace and harmony with Pakistan. India also wants Pakistan to be a happy and stable nation, as much as every decent Pakistan’s people expects from their own country. This news has been highlighted at a time when India and Pakistan are progressing towards a good relationship…..Please don’t follow blindly the media framed and concocted stories, the truth may get altered from what you are reading and seeing in the news because a few inside Pakistan do not want a good relationship with India….But a good relationship between India and Pakistan is a must for the present generation of both sides….Recommend

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