By S. M. Hali
Indian Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has admitted that Commander Kulbushan Jadhav, who has been arrested by Pakistani agencies claiming he was a RAW spy, was indeed an Indian Navy Officer. However it insists that he had taken premature retirement from the Navy and had started a business, owning a small ship. Indian government claims that Jadav often carries cargo to and from Iranian ports bordering Pakistan and has nothing to do with India’s external Intelligence agency. They said there is no proof that the retired navy officer, who owns a cargo business in Iran, was arrested in Balochistan as claimed by Pakistan.
Indian authorities surmise that Jadav could have been arrested after he strayed into Pakistani waters and was being wrongly charged, they said. He owns a small ship and used to carry cargo from Bandar Abbas and Chahbahar ports in Iran and other adjoining areas to various destinations, sources said. It is a matter of investigation whether he accidentally strayed into Pakistani waters or was lured into Pakistan.
All these needs to checked and hence India has sought consular access to Jadav but Pakistan so far has not agreed to it, according to Indian media.
In Islamabad, Indian envoy Gautam Bambawale was summoned by the Pakistani government which alleged that Jadav had instigated terror attacks in Karachi and unrest in Balochistan. Jadhav is the son of Sudhir Jadhav, who retired as an Assistant Commissioner of Police in Mumbai around eight years ago. His uncle, Subhash Jadhav, was in charge of the Bandra police station in Mumbai. The residents of Silver Oak building in upmarket Powai, Mumbai, the building have, however, closed ranks against the outsiders. Queries relating to Kulbushan or his family members are being stonewalled.
Two important points emerge here. Firstly that one of the passports recovered from Bhushan was allegedly issued from Sangli in Maharashtra in the name of Husain Mubarak Patel. If he was a bona fide businessman then why he chose to travel on false names? Secondly, his family in Mumbai has been reportedly whisked away by RAW operatives to avoid media glare and inadvertently reveal the truth about Kulbushan’s antecedents. Why would the RAW resort to such tactics if Jadav was a genuinely retired Indian Navy Officer and not a RAW agent?
Indian media has been mocking Pakistan’s claim stating how a lone person could have carried out insurgency operations in Balochistan? It appears that Kulbushan’s arrest is only the tip of the iceberg. He is singing like a canary and his disclosures have led to the arrest of at least 13 more of his accomplices.
Pakistani Intelligence agencies have geared up the operation against RAW agents in the country.
The nabbed suspects are involved in terrorism, sectarian clashes and target killing therefore their arrest is being kept confidential. During investigation from the suspects it has been revealed that as many as 500 Indian trained terrorists posing as Muslims have entered in Pakistan and are indulged in promoting terrorism, religious conflicts, arousing anti-army sentiments and other anti-national activities.
Sources report that in coming days more significant arrests are likely to be made.
On the other hand, the team investigating Kulbhushan Jadav has presented its report.
According to the report, the RAW agent has confessed of government deployment in the country. Moreover, the report also states that Jadav was also involved in funding for terrorism, separatism and sectarianism. Besides this his accomplices are still present in Karachi and Balochistan.
Foreign ministry’s statement described the incident as the “illegal entry into Pakistan by a RAW officer and his involvement in subversive activities in Balochistan and Karachi”.
Last year, Pakistan’s permanent representative at the United Nations (UN), Maleeha Lodhi had handed over evidences of Indian interference in Balochistan and other parts to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.
Pakistan has been claiming Indian secret service RAW’s gross interference in Balochistan but this is the first time that a RAW officer of such a senior rank has been arrested. This is the smoking gun Pakistan has been seeking. India would be well advised to lay off interfering in Pakistan rather than denying its involvement.
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