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Spy arrest is Pakistan's ploy to derail peace process

Spy arrest is Pakistan's ploy to derail peace process

By: ysn

 

The India-Pakistan peace dialogue has again hit the rock bottom following a purported RAW agent's arrest in Pakistan on 24th March. Jadhav's arrest came only a few days before the foreign secretaries of India and Pakistan were to interact in Washington during a pull-aside meeting, which could have paved the way for restarting the Comprehensive Bilateral Dialogue. The CBD, which gained momentum following Prime Minister Narendra Modi's surprise visit to Pakistan on December 25 last year, was earlier derailed due to the Pathankot attack on January 2, in which Pakistan's hand was suspected.

 

The general perception is that the military in Pakistan is against a lasting peace process between the two countries and hence, it has been trying to dilute the decision of its civilian government led by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, to engage with India.  The dialogue was to take on matters related to peace and security, Jammu and Kashmir, Siachen, Sir Creek, Wullar Barrage, Tulbul Navigation Project, economic and commercial cooperation, counter-terrorism, narcotics control, people-to-people exchanges, and religious tourism. 

 

There are multiple loopholes in the Pakistani theory that Jadhav had been deployed by RAW as an agent, and he was working to give shape to RAW's agenda of destabilising the Balochistan region, which wants cessation from Pakistan. Pakistan's armed forces later released a footage, a video taped confession of Jadhav, in which he admits that he is a former navy officer, and he moved to Iran for doing business, under the behest of RAW, and that he had been on a covert mission to fund Baloch insurgents. Jadhav said that he moved to Iran's Chabahar region 10 years ago. Since then, he had been making clandestine journeys to Karachi and Balochistan, making payments to insurgents time to time.

 

Experts believe that Pakistan doesn't prove anything by saying Jadhav is a spy. It is a possibility that he has been framed by Pakistani military with the intention to derail dialogue between India and Pakistan. Many political analysts are of the opinion that Jadhav had been compromised and lured into coming to Balochistan, where he was arrested by the Pakistani state and presented to the world as a spy.

 

Another possibility is that Jadhav may have been kidnapped from his base in Iran and brought to Balochistan, and then his arrest has been falsely shown to have been made in Balochistan. Pakistan says that they have arrested Jadhav with a valid Indian passport. But will a spy ever travel to any country for espionage with a valid passport of his native country? The fact that Indian legal team and diplomats have been denied access to Jadhav further makes the whole incident rather fishy.

 

India, meanwhile, has categorically rejected that it had employed Jadhav for subversive activities in Pakistan. "Our enquiries reveal that he apparently was being harassed while operating a legitimate business from Iran. While we probe this aspect further, his presence now in Pakistan raises questions, including the possibility of his abduction from Iran," Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Vikas Swarup told the media during an official interaction.

 

It is also being alleged that the arrest is Pakistan's tactic to try and hurt India's commercial activities in Chabahar port in Iran. Iran is India's gateway to Afghanistan, Central Asia, and both Iran and India have been trying to cement strong economic ties, much to the chagrin of Pakistan. 

 

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