Pakistan on Friday summoned Indian High Commissioner Gautam Bambawale to lodge its protest over “subversive activities” of an alleged RAW officer, a day after Pakistani security forces claimed to have arrested him.
“The Indian High Commissioner was summoned by the Foreign Secretary today and through a demarche conveyed our protest and deep concern on the illegal entry into Pakistan by a RAW officer and his involvement in subversive activities in Balochistan and Karachi,” the Pakistan Foreign Office said in a statement.
Balochistan Home Minister Mir Sarfaraz Bugti yesterday identified the “official” as Kul Yadav Bhushan who he alleged was a commander-ranking officer in the Indian Navy and was working for Research and Analysis Wing (RAW).
Bugti claimed that Bhushan was in contact with Baloch separatists and terrorists fuelling sectarian violence in Balochistan.
The Minister, however, did not disclose the exact location of where he was arrested.
However, sources said that Bhushan was arrested from Chaman area of Balochistan, which is close to the Afghanistan border.
Pakistan had accused India of stoking violence in Balochistan and Karachi in the past but it is for the first time that it has claimed arresting a RAW officer.
India has dismissed all such allegations.
The government said on Friday that it had no links with an Indian arrested in Balochistan on charges of being an officer of the Indian intelligence agency RAW.
“The said individual has no link with the government since his premature retirement from Indian Navy,” a spokesperson for the ministry of external affairs said.
“We have sought consular access to him. India has no interest in interfering in the internal matters of any country and firmly believes that a stable and peaceful Pakistan is in the interest of all in the region,” the official added.
The spokesperson admitted that Pakistan on Friday summoned the Indian High High Commissioner in Islamabad and raised the issue with him.
(With agencies input)