Pakistan on Friday summoned the Indian envoy to protest against the “illegal entry” and “subversive activities” of a purported RAW officer detained in Balochistan province.
High Commissioner Gautam Bambawale was “summoned by the Foreign Secretary today (March 25, 2016) and through a demarche conveyed our protest and deep concern on the illegal entry into Pakistan by a RAW officer and his involvement in subversive activities in Balochistan and Karachi”, said a statement from the Foreign Office.
The statement did not give any other details.
The protest was lodged a day after Pakistani security forces claimed to have arrested the RAW “agent”.
Balochistan’s home minister Mir Sarfaraz Bugti had on Thursday identified the purported RAW operative as Kul Yadav Bhushan. Bugti claimed he was an officer of the rank of commander in the Indian Navy and was working for India’s external intelligence agency.
Bugti further claimed Bhushan had been in contact with Baloch separatists and terrorists fuelling sectarian violence in Balochistan.
The minister too did not give any other details, including the location where the man was arrested.
Reports suggested Bhushan was arrested in Chaman, an area of Balochistan located close to the border with Afghanistan.
Pakistan has repeatedly accused India of fomenting unrest in Balochistan, the country’s largest province, but it has never offered any evidence to back up its claims. Such allegations have always been dismissed by New Delhi.
The incident comes two days before the visit of a Pakistan team’s visit to India to probe the cross-border terror attack on the Pathankot airbase in January this year.
Seven Indian security personnel lost their lives when terrorists from across the border attacked the Indian Air Force base in Punjab.
(With inputs from agencies)