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India dismisses allegations as Pakistan lodges protest over 'subversive activities of RAW officer'


Islamabad: 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 on Friday 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 on Thursday 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).

Representational image. Ibnlive

Representational image. Ibnlive

Bugti claimed that Bhushan was in contact with Baloch separatists and terrorists fueling 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.

Reacting to the development, External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson in New Delhi Vikas Swarup said the matter was raised on Friday 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. We have sought
consular access to him.

"India has no interest in interfering in internal matters of any country and firmly believes that a stable and peaceful Pakistan is in the interest of all in the region," he said.

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.

PTI

First Published On : Mar 25, 2016 19:39 IST

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