Mumbai, Mar. 25 (ANI): Expert on Pakistan affairs and author, Tarek Fatah, on Friday said that the arrest of a former Indian Navy officer, whom the Pakistani agencies are claiming to be a Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) operative, from Quetta is an attempt by Islamabad to divert the attention from ‘genocide’ being committed by them in Balochistan.
Dubbing Pakistan’s claim as ‘absolute nonsense’, the renowned author and columnist said that it would be ‘overtly optimistic’ to expect truth from Islamabad.
“They are committing genocide in Balochistan, and to distract from that they are saying that they have arrested a former Indian naval officer from Quetta. Even if you arrest a navy officer then you would nab him in Gwadar, how will they find him in Quetta,” Fatah told ANI.
He further questioned India’s silence over the ‘genocide’ being committed by Pakistan in Balochistan.
“Pakistan is fooling India and India loves being fooled. They enter your country and kill your people and your trade onions and tomatos with them. No self respecting nation would keep a relationship with country that attacks you,” he added.
Pakistan security forces earlier arrested a man during a raid in Balochistan province who, according to them, is ‘a serving officer in the Indian Navy and deputed to RAW.
The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) earlier today said that Indian Government has no link with the arrested individual, adding that New Delhi has no interest in interfering in internal matters of any country.
MEA spokesperson Vikas Swarup said that the matter was raised today by Pakistan’s Foreign Secretary with the Indian High Commissioner in Islamabad.
“The said individual has no link with Government since his premature retirement from Indian Navy,” Swarup said.
A Pakistan security official earlier told Dawn that the arrested individual had been shifted to Islamabad for interrogation, as he was suspected of involvement in various acts of terrorism and other dissident activities in Balochistan.
Confirming the arrest, Balochistan Home Minister Mir Sarfaraz Bugti said, “the arrest has proved Indian involvement in Balochistan”. (ANI)