Arrested Indian’s ‘Video Confession’ Equals Pak’s Spy Games, Say Sources

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March 29, 2016

The "video confession" of a former naval officer arrested on charges of espionage in Pakistan has been rejected by government sources as an attempt by Islamabad to deflect attention from its own accountability for terror attacks in India.

March 29, 2016

The "video confession" of a former naval officer arrested on charges of espionage in Pakistan has been rejected by government sources as an attempt by Islamabad to deflect attention from its own accountability for terror attacks in India.

Kulbhushan Yadav's six-minute-long statement was released by Pakistani government officials today; the Indian says he is working for India's top intel agency, RAW, and that he is still with the Indian navy. After his arrest last week, Delhi made it clear that though, Mr Yadav is an Indian, retired from the navy and has "no links with the government" since then.

An official statement on the video has not been released yet by Delhi but sources accuse Pakistan of "spy games" and ducking responsibility for the terror attack on the air force base in Pathankot in January in which seven military personnel were killed.

India has asked a visiting team of Pakistani investigators, who toured the air force base today, to provide access to Masood Azhar, chief of  the Jaish-E-Mohammed terror group, who masterminded the Pathankot assault.

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has also questioned Pakistan's refusal to grant consular access to Mr Yadav, a violation of international protocol.

In the video that aired today, Mr Yadav makes a series of comments that match Pakistan's allegations about fuelling the separatist movement in Balochistan, its largest but least developed province, and inciting violence in Karachi. India has repeatedly denied any interest or interference in either area. 

Mr Yadav says in the video that he lives in Mumbai and is "still a serving officer in the Indian navy, due for retirement by 2022."

He says he began working as an intel recruit after the attack on the Indian parliament in 2001 in which nine people were killed and that he then set up a small business in Iran which provided him cover for frequent trips to Pakistan before becoming a RAW agent in 2013.

He says he was caught while trying to cross in to Pakistan from Iran on March 3.


Courtesy: NDTV