Pakistan summons Indian envoy over RAW officer’s arrest

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Islamabad, March 25 (IANS) Pakistan on Friday summoned Indian High Commissioner Gautam Bambawale to lodge a strong protest after an alleged RAW officer was arrested in Balochistan.

The summons came a day after security forces claimed the arrest of a serving Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) officer during a raid three days ago in Balochistan, Dawn online reported.

The News International identified the alleged RAW officer as Kulbushan Yadav, said to be an in-service commander rank officer in the Indian Navy.

During initial investigation, he is reported to have confessed his links with “separatist, sectarian and terrorist organisations in Karachi and Balochistan”.

Foreign office sources were quoted as saying that Foreign Secretary Aizaz Chaudhry summoned Bambawale and given details of the arrest.

Chaudhry lodged a strong protest over the RAW officer’s spying activities in Balochistan and Karachi, making it clear that this was unacceptable, Pakistani sources said.

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The RAW officer had been shifted to Islamabad for interrogation as he was suspected of involvement in various acts of terrorism and other subversive activities in Balochistan, Pakistani media said.

Balochistan Home Minister Mir Sarfaraz Bugti confirmed the arrest of the Indian spy from the southern part of the province. “The arrest has proved Indian involvement in Balochistan,” Bugti said.

Bugti added that the Indian spy was sponsoring terrorist and subversive activities in Balochistan. Maps of different installations and sites were reportedly recovered from him.

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