March 31, 2016

Captured Indian Spy's Taped Confession Vindicates Pakistan's Narrative That India Is Funding Terrorism In Pakistan

An excerpt from, "Pakistan launches international offensive over arrest of Indian ‘spy’" The Times of India, March 31, 2016:
Pakistan on Thursday said it has informed the European Union and major world capitals about the arrest of an Indian "spy" from restive Balochistan province and asked Iran to provide details of his "spy network".

Kulbhushan Yadav, the alleged chief operative of Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) was arrested by Pakistani security agencies last week from Chaman near Quetta.

Speaking at his weekly news briefing, foreign office spokesperson Nafees Zakaria said major world capitals and EU have been informed about the arrest of a serving Indian Navy officer for planning "subversive activities" in Pakistan, Radio Pakistan reported.

The entire world has seen the admission statement of the Indian agent, Zakaria said, referring to the so-called "confessional video" of Yadav released earlier this week by the Pakistani army.
An excerpt from, "Opinion: The Kulbhushan Jadhav episode could bring Indo-Pak peace talks to a halt" By Manoj Joshi, March 30, 2016:
So how will this play out now? Pakistan will now have to give the Indian side consular access, try him for the alleged crimes – or release him. For the present, Islamabad will milk the arrest for all its worth. For years it has accused New Delhi of involvement in the uprising in Balochistan. However, so far it did not have a shred of evidence of Indian involvement and even the United States to whom they complained gave New Delhi a clean chit.
This time around, too, if India and Pakistan do not find a way around the Jadhav issue, the efforts of the two sides to resume dialogue will grind to a halt. If Pakistan tries and sentences him to a long jail term or, worse, to death, all chances of continuing the dialogue will evaporate.
An excerpt from, "US snubs Pakistan’s bogus complaint about Indian interference in Balochistan" By Chidanand Rajghatta, The Times of India, October 22, 2015:
The Obama administration on Wednesday asked Pakistan to put in "additional efforts to target all terrorists in its territory," while declining to even acknowledge Islamabad's complaint about alleged Indian interference in Balochistan and other parts of Pakistan.

Washington's public snub was delivered soon after a meeting between Secretary of State John Kerry and Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif during which the Pakistani side reportedly presented three dossiers on "India's role in Balochistan and other parts of Pakistan." But neither Kerry nor his aides acknowledged the dossier or the charges, and attempts to raise it at the daily state department briefing ended in embarrassment for Pakistan.
An excerpt from, "Analysis: Kulbhushan Yadav’s RAW move" By Naveed Ahmad, The Express Tribune, March 31, 2016:
Pakistan claimed that the man was running a terrorist financing and training network and used to operate from Chabahar in Iran, Makran in Pakistan and adjoining districts of Afghanistan. The cover story of running cargo business in Iran’s Bandar-Abbas and Chabahar ports makes perfect sense if Islamabad’s version is to be believed. His task was to initiate a string of subversive activities on the Makran coast where not only Chinese are working on Gwadar port but Pakistan Navy and Air Force also have multiple facilities.
The Indian opposition to Chinese presence in coastal development project and CPEC is public knowledge. Development of Gwadar marginalises scope of Chabahar port for Iran and India both which is being developed to alternately link Tehran and Delhi to Afghanistan and Central Asia.

Its consulate in Zahedan, near the Pakistan border, has been long accused of subversive activities in Balochistan. Indian consulates in Afghanistan too have been under close Pakistani watch. As back as in 2005, India was alleged to air anti-Pakistan and pro-Baloch resistance radio transmission from Afghanistan.

Prime facie, the documents available and circumstantial evidence support Pakistan’s stance. The controversy is going to get more complex and last much longer.
An excerpt from, "Balochistan burning: Great Game over Gwadar Port" By Ameen Izzadeen, Sunday Times, August 23, 2009:
In the 1970s, a Baloch separatist campaign was ruthlessly suppressed by the then Pakistani leader Zulfikhar Ali Bhutto. Successive governments took measures to appease the Balochs, though the separatism had very little people support. It is a top heavy separatist struggle with Balcohi Sardars (chiefs) leading the campaign, largely to protect their power bases which are threatened by greater democracy in the region and government moves to develop the area and educate the masses. Yet, time and again Balochi separatism has raised its ugly head. Pakistani analysts blame foreign powers for the troubles. 

The latest round of escalation began when the previous Musharraf government decided to allow China to build a sea port at Gwadar in Balochistan. The attacks have been largely against the Chinese engineers and workers. 

The presence of China in Pakistan's deep sea strategic port has disturbed the United States. Washington fears that the port might be used as a listening post to monitor US military activities in the Persian Gulf. India, Pakistani analysts say, has a different kind of fear. They say New Delhi fears that the Gwadar port project which is also linked to the Karakoram highway expansion project linking Western China with the Arabian sea could make Pakistan economically strong. 

Both China and Pakistan believe that the road will also act as land-locked and resource-rich Central Asia's gateway to the outside world. The Karakoram highway project goes through Pakistan's Frontier Province and the tribal areas — areas that have in recent years witnessed violent clashes between Taliban militants and the Pakistan security forces.

When trade begins to move along this new road, the economic benefit this will bring to both Pakistan and China is enormous. Besides, this will give China a head-start over the United States in trade with Central Asia, especially the oil and gas trade. So a new Great Game is on and Pakistan appears to be paying a heavy price.
An excerpt from, "Fighting terror with terrorists: Indian defence minister outlines strategy for new 'proxy' war" The Express Tribune, May 23, 2015: 
Vowing to take ‘proactive’ steps to prevent another Mumbai 2008 attack from being hatched on foreign soil, Indian Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Friday hinted towards a new proxy war, saying they had to “neutralise terrorists through terrorists only”.
An excerpt from, "Transcript of Kulbhushan Jadhav’s ‘Confession’" The Wire, March 29, 2016:
For the benefit of  The Wire’s readers, we are providing a transcript of the ‘confessional’ video released by the Pakistani government on March 29 in which Kulbhushan Jadhav, the Indian man arrested on charges of being a spy, says he is a serving navy officer and an operative of the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), India’s external intelligence agency. The Indian ministry of external affairs in a statement on Tuesday evening said the video “clearly indicates tutoring.”
Title: Indian RAW Spy caught in Pakistan - Watch his confessions.