Amid Kulbhushan Jadhav row, Pakistan ‘arrests 3 suspected’ RAW agents from PoK

NEW DELHI: Amid ongoing tensions over the death sentence to former Indian Naval Officer Kulbhushan Jadhav, Pakistan’s Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) police claimed that they have arrested three suspected agents of India’s intelligence agency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW).

According to the Dawn newspaper, they were allegedly involved in anti-state activities, including the bombing of a police station.

The suspects were identified as Mohammad Khalil, Imtiaz and Rashid, all residents of Taroti village in Abbaspur.

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Khalil, the main suspect visited Jammu and Kashmir in November 2014 to see his relatives in Bandi Chechian village, where he came in contact with RAW officials who lured him to work for them, said Sajid Imran, deputy superintendent of police (DSP) in Poonch.

“Khalil would take with him cigarettes and [mobile phone] memory cards, carrying pictures of bridges, mosques controlled by the Deobandi school of thought, and army and police installations,” DSP Imran said, adding that the suspect had also given at least two active SIM cards, registered in his name, to Indian officials.

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“The arrested suspects were behind Abbaspur blast in September, 2016. RAW had assigned tasks aimed at targeting Combined Military Hospitals (CMHs), CPEC projects, Chinese engineers and other sensitive facilities,” reported Dunyanews quoting Chaudhry Sajjad, Deputy Inspector General of Police Poonch Dvision.

Stating that the suspects had crossed Line of Control (LoC) several times to meet Indian army and RAW’s officers, Chaudhry Sajjad added, “The suspects were in contact with Major Ranjit, Major Sultan and Subedar Sandeep.”

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The development comes after India on Friday said it would appeal against the death sentence to Kulbhushan Jadhav and demanded a certified copy of the charge-sheet from Pakistan as well as the army court order in the case, besides seeking consular access to the retired Indian navy officer.

The death sentence to Jadhav, 46, was confirmed by army chief General Bajwa after the Field General Court Martial found him guilty of “espionage and sabotage activities” in Pakistan.

Pakistan claims its security forces had arrested Jadhav from the restive Balochistan province on March 3 last year after he reportedly entered from Iran. It also claimed that he was “a serving officer in the Indian Navy.”

Meanwhile, there was no official confirmation on reports of India asking its high commission in Pakistan to go slow on visas to Pakistan nationals in wake of the development.