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March 29, 2016

Indian spy Kulbhushan Yadav confesses to spying in Pakistan in video

ISLAMABAD: Indian spy Kulbhushan Yadav, who was detained by the Pakistani authorities last week, has confessed his links to the Indian secret agency RAW and its involvement in destabilizing Pakistan in a video aired during a joint press conference by the military and civil leadership of the country on Tuesday.

Yadav can be seen in the video admitting that he is an active officer of the Indian Navy and was working in Pakistan at the behest of RAW.

The video was shown to the media in a joint conference held here by DG Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) Lt-Gen Asim Bajwa and Federal Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid among other officials.

DG ISPR, Lt Gen Asim Saleem Bajwa said the capture of a serving Indian Navy officer working as agent of RAW was a big success and proof of Indian involvement in sponsoring terrorism in Pakistan, especially, in Balochistan and Karachi.

“Kulbhushan Yadav was a serving Indian naval officer and his primary mission was to carry out terrorism in Karachi and Balochistan,” he said.

Lt Gen Bajwa said Kulbhushan’s arrest was a rare case. Such a case did not happen very often. “The arrest of a senior serving officer engaged in performing spy missions was also a rare case,” he added.

The detained Indian spy, he said, had himself confessed that there was RAW’s involvement in Balochistan which was nothing short of state-sponsored terrorism by India. “We have irrefutable evidence to prove that Yadav is serving Indian naval officer.”

The DG ISPR said Kulbhushan, who pretended to be a converted Muslim, was working at the coastal city of Gadani in Balochistan under the cover of a scrap dealer.

Kulbhushan was caught red handed by the country’s prestigious intelligence agency Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) which is well known across the world for its professional working.

“After getting prepared his documents, Kulbhushan shifted form India to Chabahar in Iran long ago and established a base there.”

“In the meantime he used to visit Pakistan and lure Baloch students to carry out anti-national and other destabilizing activities by offering huge funding. Installations in coastal areas of Gawadar, Pasni, Jevani and other places in Balochistan were the target of the agent.”

“The aim of RAW officer was to disrupt future projects under the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) the,” Lt Gen Bajwa said.

He said Yadav was either involved or had information about many terror acts including Mehran Base attack, bomb blast in Gawadar, SSP Aslam Chauhadry’s murder, Tiger Force’s constitution and Baloch nationalists terrorist activities.

“He was given the task to attack a five-star hotel in Gwadar where Chinese nationals used to stay,” he said.

Bajwa said Kulbhushan, who was working as a jeweler, was responsible for infiltration of 30 to 40 new RAW agents into Pakistan. “He was caught with maps and three different currencies.”
Answering a question, regarding Iran’s spy agency for facilitating the Indian agent to reach Pakistan, the DG ISPR said it was never stated that the Iranian Intelligence or government were involved in that operation. “I cannot claim Iran is involved but if their soil is used then we request them not to allow such activities.”

He said Iran has seconded our request that she will not let it happen.

“Pakistan and Iran have been in communication at intelligence agencies level and we have been sharing information with Iran.”

Referring to the meeting of Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, he stated the COAS had referred the matter saying Iran should not let India use her territory for subversive activities (against Pakistan).

The matter of fortifying the Pak-Iran border was also discussed in the meeting, he added.

Replying to another question, he said intelligence-based operations were being carried out in parts of the country and especially after the Lahore blast five operations were carried out jointly by intelligence agencies, Pakistan Army and Rangers.

Even at this very moment of the press conference operations were continuing in and around Rawalpindi and Multan, he added.

“Wherever there are terrorists there will be an army operation,” he said.

Information Minister, Pervaiz Rashid said Pakistan had taken up the issue of Indian spy Kulbhushan Yadav with India at an appropriate level besides registering strong protest.

“We have fulfilled our responsibilities, the Foreign Office summoned Indian High Commissioner in Pakistan and taken up the spy issue with him,” he said.

He said Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif knew very well about his national obligations and had been performing them since long.

Answering a question, he said more information was being gathered from the arrested Indian spy that would be produced before the court to decide his fate.

Replying to another question the minister said that operations against terrorists were being conducted following the information being received from the intelligence agencies.

He said information based operations were being carried out against the groups’ infrastructure and individuals involved in anti-state and terrorist activities.

Pervaiz Rashid said it was the sole discretion of the provincial governments that what kind and scale of support from the armed forces and law enforcement agencies was required to conduct operations against the disgruntled elements.

The minister said: “We act in the light of the intelligence reports we receive and assign the task to different forces including Police, Rangers and Army as per our need for the operations.” (APP)