April 18 , 2017

Pakistan seeks details about Kulbhushan Yadav from Iran

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan sought detailed information about the activities of condemned Indian spy Kulbhushan Yadav from Iran soon after his arrest from Mashkel near the border region of Chaman, Balochistan, since he had a base in Iran’s coast city of Chahbahar and was arrested on the soil of Pakistan.

Nafees Zakaria, spokesman for the Foreign Office, told The News here on Monday to a query that at no point in time Iran or any of its agencies was referred for association with Kulbhushan Yadav.

He reminded that the person is responsible for espionage, sabotage and terrorism in Pakistan, has been tried according to the law of the land in a fully transparent manner while preserving his rights as per the Constitution of Pakistan. He said due process has been followed while proceeding against Kulbhushan. He said further action in this regard will also be taken in accordance with law.

The spokesman referred to a statement made by Sartaj Aziz, Adviser to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs, the other day and stated, “As is widely known, Kulbhushan Yadav, alias Hussain Mubarak Patel, a serving Commander of Indian Navy, and working with the Indian intelligence agency/RAW, was apprehended on March 3, 2016 after he illegally crossed over into Pakistan from the Saravan border in Iran.

Kulbhushan was found in possession of an Indian passport issued by government of India on May 12, 2015 and valid until May 11, 2024. He confessed that he is a resident of Mumbai, India, still serving in the Indian Navy and his retirement is due in 2022. He was tried by Field General Court Martial (FGCM) under section 59 of Pakistan Army Act (PAA) 1952 and Section 3 of Official Secret Act of 1923. Yadav was provided with a legal counsel in accordance with provisions of our law. Yadav confessed before a magistrate and the court that he was tasked by RAW to plan, coordinate and organise espionage and sabotage activities aimed at destabilising and waging war against Pakistan. Kulbhushan was involved in both espionage and terrorist/sabotage activities resulting in the loss of many lives and damage to property.”

The spokesman said that all relevant details have been provided by the adviser regarding the case since the whole process was done in transparent manner.



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