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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2673

Modi Sarkar Caves In On Pak Spy Charge

By Allabaksh - Syndicate Features

Indian Government’s reaction to the Pak claim of arresting an Indian spy was, to say the least, so mild that it sounded almost like an apology.

It amounted to tacit acceptance of the fiction that Pakistan has been hawking for long—without any success—that India is behind the unrest in Balochistan and other places in the land of the pure.

Without as much as waiting for details from his own agencies and check facts as would be the normal practice, the external affairs ministry, effectively under the control of the Prime Minister, rushed to meekly deny that the ‘RAW agent’ Pakistan had allegedly arrested in Balochistan had taken premature retirement from the Indian Navy and that he had not been dealing with any government agency.

The Indian high commissioner was summoned by the Pakistan Foreign Office, but it was not made known here whether the Pakistanis were asked to furnish details of the arrest of the ‘RAW agent’.

It was unclear where he was arrested—Chaman or Quetta, both in Balochistan. How was he arrested: Was the he found with any local ‘RAW agent’ or was he found strolling in the vineyards of Chaman?

Pakistan has claimed that a number of fake identity papers were recovered from the ‘RAW agent’, including a passport that bore a Muslim name. Doesn’t the government of India know that the Pakistanis are past masters in faking identities and issuing bogus documents?

Recall events leading to Dawood Ibrahim’s escape from India to Pakistan via Dubai. In fact, the first thing the Pakistanis do when one of their own is arrested on terror charges is to deny that he is their citizen.

You can bet that the Pakistanis did not announce the arrest just after he was detained by them. How many days they took to fabricate their story? The Pakistanis have admitted that the ‘agent’ had Iranian visa and was apparently stationed in that country.

Why should it not be believed that actually the Pakistanis intruded into Iranian territory to kidnap the ‘RAW agent’ and then dragged him into their land?

Intrusion into each other’s territory has been a common feature on the Iran-Pakistan border where the anti-Shia Pakistani forces, backed by the ISI and CIA, are active. Iranians have several times leveled serious charges of intrusion by armed Pakistani gangs who have killed Iranian soldiers.

Sometimes it has led to awkwardness in diplomatic relations between the two ‘brothers’. The area where the ‘RAW agent’ was said to be stationed and reportedly running ferry services, the Chabahar port in Iran, is close to the Pakistani border.

The Indian government was shy of unequivocally rejecting and ridiculing the Pakistani allegations by pointing out the many apparent flaws in the Pakistani version.

Though it is perhaps not unusual, the Pakistanis did not get the name of the ‘RAW agent’ right. He was variously called Kul Yadav Bhosan, Kul Bhushan Yadav and so on which will make him a North Indian when Indian news stories said his name was Kulbhushan Jadhav, a Maharashtrian. His family was traced to Mumbai and the interior of Maharashtra.

It is hard to imagine that the Pakistanis are so daft as to believe that India would actually be sending a ‘serving’ officer and that too of the rank of a Commander in the Indian Navy, on a ‘spy’ mission into a very hostile Pakistan.

It can be assumed that India is no exception to the rule of sending ‘spies’ into ‘enemy’ territory or recruiting local ‘agents’, the actual job is not carried out by a ‘serving’ officer in any of the world’s spy agencies.

Pakistan has a battery of senior officers in its notorious ISI who ‘handle’ agents in India but they are not known to venture into Indian territory.

The arrest of the ‘RAW agent’ was a big news in Pakistan, as was to be expected. The Pakistani tastes were titillated with fanciful accounts of the mission on which the arrested Indian had entered Pakistan: To single-handedly cripple Pakistan and its economy!

An amusing sidelight of Pakistani stories was that the Indian ‘spies’ operated from ‘14’ consulates in Afghanistan; one Pakistani paper said the number was ‘15’. The lesser informed would like to know if Afghanistan has 14 or 15 cities where foreign consulates operate.

Foreign consulates in Afghanistan are confined to four or five cities. Is it Pakistan’s contention that RAW has outsmarted its ISI and its proxies like Taliban in Afghanistan, a country ruled by a pro-Pakistani leader?

The short point is that there is nothing ‘macho’ in the Pakistan policy of the Modi Sarkar. It appears that the NDA approach to Pakistan is going to be much more ‘meek’ than the previous UPA government.

The then prime minister, Manmohan Singh was widely condemned—by the BJP in particular--when he told his Pakistan counterpart at Sharm-el Sheikh (Egypt) that India would probe into Pakistani allegation of Indian hand in the Balochistan unrest.

That is all forgotten and forgiven. The Modi Sarkar welcomed Pakistani security officials, including ISI operatives, to one of India’s major frontline airbases. It is all too willing to fall for misleading Pakistani promises that it was ‘serious’ about probing Pakistani connections of terrorists who have been attacking India.

No surprise that the Pakistanis are elated: They have blunted the Indian charges against them while doing virtually nothing in return that actually address Indian concerns.

- Asian Tribune -

Kulbhushan Jadhav
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