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India, Pak spar over ‘confessional’ video of alleged Indian ‘spy’

India and Pakistan on Tuesday sparred after the Pakistan Army released a video of an arrested ex-Indian Navy officer purportedly “confessing” his “involvement” in terror activities in Balochistan at his country’s behest, a charge rubbished by India, which alleged that he could have been “abducted” from Iran. New Delhi also sought from Islamabad consular access to the Indian national.

The head of Pakistan Army’s Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Lt Gen Asim Bajwa and Federal Information Minister Pervez Rashid held a press conference in Islamabad to release the video, saying Kulbhushan Yadav “confessed” to working for Indian intelligence agency RAW to “foment trouble” in the restive province of Balochistan.

Yadav was recently arrested in Pakistan, which described him as an officer of the Indian Navy, a claim debunked by the government, but Bajwa claimed that Yadav was still a serving officer due to retire in 2022.

“We have seen a video released by Pakistani authorities of a former Indian Naval officer, doing business in Iran, who is in Pakistani custody under unexplained circumstances. The video has this individual making statements which have no basis in fact. That the individual claims to make the statements of his own free will not only challenges credulity but clearly indicates tutoring,” the External Affairs Ministry said.

“The government categorically rejects allegations that this individual was involved in subversive activities in Pakistan at our behest. Our enquiries reveal that he apparently was being harassed while operating a legitimate business from Iran. While we probe this aspect further, his presence now in Pakistan raises questions, including the possibility of his abduction from Iran. This would become clear only if we are given consular access to him and we urge the Government of Pakistan to respond immediately to our request,” it said.
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