In the latest provocation between two aggressive neighbours, Pakistan claims that it has arrested an Indian spy in Balochistan. In the video released in the joint press conference on Tuesday, the Indian citizen makes it clear that he is a spy – a serving officer of the Indian Navy. His purpose was to hold meetings with’ Baloch insurgents and carry out activities with their collaboration’. Moreover, he stresses on the fact that these activities have been of a criminal nature, confessing of killing or maiming the Pakistani citizens. What is a little hard to swallow is the Indian spy confessing to changing his complete perception of the establishment of the Pakistani side, when they treated him ‘very honourably’, because of which he decided to come clean and cooperate with Pakistani authorities.
Such willingness by a high level officer, one that has been caught, only raises serious questions about the authenticity of the video. General Bajwa has declared that they can be no clearer evidence of Indian interference. However, India has outrightly denied all charges calling the man, ‘clearly tutored’. India’s bone of contention is that they have not been given consular access to an Indian national under detention in a foreign country, as is the accepted international practice. However, things change when the citizen in question is a high-ranking spy.
Pakistan’s army states that it has raised the issue of Indian spying in Balochistan when General Raheel Sharif called on visiting Iranian
President Hassan Rouhani last week, discussing the Indian intelligence agency, RAW, and its alleged activities in Iran and Balochistan.
However, Rouhani has completely denied this, which implies that Iran is not ready to take sides in the conflict between India and Pakistan.
India sees the allegations as the neighbouring country’s ploy to counter India’s involvement in the construction of Chabahar port, which is a major concern for Pakistan. The strategically important port gives India direct access to Afghanistan and other central Asian countries bypassing Pakistan. Pakistan is rightly concerned that this move was carried out to hamper progress on CPEC and Gwadar. We might never really get to know the real story behind the claims and counter-claims in Islamabad and Delhi. Truth is always hard to pin down, especially with many obvious questions that are left unanswered. For us, this discovery reinforces the charge that India is destabilising Pakistan in Balochistan. However, this is not news for anyone. But this ‘irrefutable’ proof should be used to take up this issue at international forums and end Indian interference in Pakistani affairs.