Tehran probing whether Jadhav crossed border illegally

Published: April 3, 2016
Video shows Kulbhushan Yadav, who is suspected of being an Indian spy, during a press conference in Islamabad on March 29, 2016. PHOTO: AFP

Video shows Kulbhushan Yadav, who is suspected of being an Indian spy, during a press conference in Islamabad on March 29, 2016. PHOTO: AFP


Iran has conveyed to Pakistan that it is investigating whether an Indian spy arrested last month in Balochistan crossed the border illegally or was picked up from its soil, The Express Tribune learnt from top government sources on Saturday.

Raw agent Kulbhushan Jadhav, arrested on March 3, was deployed in Iran’s Chabahar port before crossing into Balochistan to meet some separatist leaders.

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Army chief General Raheel Sharif took up the matter with Iranian President Hassan Rowhani during the latter’s recent visit to Islamabad. Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan also discussed the issue with Iranian Ambassador Mehdi Honardoost in a meeting last week.

According to sources, Iranian authorities have directly and indirectly conveyed to Pakistan that they were investigating whether or not Jadhav crossed into Pakistan illegally. India, which has already claimed Jadhav was picked up from the Iranian soil, is putting pressure on the Islamic Republic
to register a case against Pakistani agencies, sources added.

India is also seeking to enlist support of the United States, the United Kingdom and France to convince Iran to go by its claim that Jadhav was kidnapped from the Iranian soil, sources said. New Delhi has even threatened Tehran to choose between Pakistan and India, leaving the Islamic Republic in a quandary.

India is investing billions of rupees in the Special Economic Zone in Chabahar, a port New Delhi has partially built. Lying in the Gulf of Oman, Chabahar port gives India access to Afghanistan and Central Asia, bypassing Pakistan. Moreover, India also buys almost all of its oil from the Islamic Republic.

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Pakistan has already handed over evidence regarding Jadhav’s arrest to key world powers, including the US and UK, but they have yet not responded, sources said. Interestingly, the same world powers had quickly responded when India approached them over the January 2 terrorist attack on the Pathankot airbase. India blames Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Muhammad militant group for carrying out the brazen assault that killed six Indian servicemen.

The chief military spokesperson, Lt Gen Asim Salim Bajwa, said at a news briefing last week that Pakistan has ‘irrefutable evidence’ of Jadhav crossing over into Balochistan from Iran. Sources said Pakistan would present the evidence to the world, if Iran decided to follow the Indian version.

Iran asked for the exact timing of Jadhav’s arrest – which was readily provided, according to sources. The Islamic Republic suspected Jadhav had been missing for a few months – and not since March 3 when Pakistan claimed he was arrested.

Published in The Express Tribune, April 3rd, 2016.

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Reader Comments (12)

  • Zulfiqar
    Apr 3, 2016 - 9:07AM

    Iran should remember that Pakistan is its brotherly and neighbour country. Iran shouldn’t not bow in front of Indian pressure. Pak-Iran mutual cooperation can prosper this region.Recommend

  • Point
    Apr 3, 2016 - 10:27AM

    why new delhi is worried and giving options to Iran when india said they have nothing to do with Yadav!!Recommend

  • ch
    Apr 3, 2016 - 11:03AM

    good stuff ISI .Even if the agent was captured from iran , this shows the expertise and reach of our agency. We will not tolerate any anti-Pakistan activity anywhere in the regionRecommend

  • Indian
    Apr 3, 2016 - 12:31PM

    India largest oil supplier is Saudi and not IranRecommend

    Apr 3, 2016 - 12:57PM

    after dossier fiasco , another waiting to happen, what if Iran sides with Indian claims.Recommend

  • S25
    Apr 3, 2016 - 1:17PM

    All this politics is dividing the nations :(Recommend

  • Bunny Rabbit
    Apr 3, 2016 - 8:03PM

    His arrest is too quick and convenient . Recommend

  • Jameel ur Rasheed
    Apr 3, 2016 - 8:12PM

    If Iran choses India over Pakistan, Pakistan would be justified joining Saudi Alliance against Iran. Fair and square!Recommend

  • Shoaib Wahab
    Apr 4, 2016 - 2:50AM

    Simply put, the global dynamics of international political economy is changing swiftly. China Is exerting its might and US feels it strongly. Naturally, India sides against China and Pakistan. Iran and Saudia will decide the future global political and economic alliances. As it stands, in my opinion, US, UK, Iran and India will form a unit, whereas, China, Saudia, Pakistan and to some extent Russia will form another. Owing to regionalisation, on paper the former alliance might prevail.Recommend

  • Zahid
    Apr 4, 2016 - 4:17AM

    If Iran comes Indian pressures then Pakistan will deal it own
    Iran must understand Pakistan is nebour and brother country
    India is enemy of MuslimsRecommend

  • S
    Apr 4, 2016 - 10:05AM

    Tough choice for Iran to make. I think they will restrain to take any side. In both cases, they will lose. Recommend

  • Raj
    Apr 5, 2016 - 7:57PM

    Pakistan has already been building its ‘Accusations and Allegations’ on Iran through the above article in which it has been painted that, India is putting pressure, giving options to Iran, India is the major partner with iran etc. etc. So, in the case of Iran denying the false allegations of Pakistan and proving that, Pak army abducted this indian from Iran, all the above things will be published as a government version. Otherwise, no water in teh above argument.Recommend

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