No Conclusive Evidence on Alleged Indian Spy: Sartaj Aziz


Islamabad: Sartaj Aziz, the Foreign Advisor to Pakistani’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, on Wednesday told a full Senate chamber that the dossier on alleged Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav contained mere statements, and that additional evidence needed to be collected, Pakistani media reports said.

“So far, we have just statements about the involvement of the Indian spy in terror activities in Pakistan,” Aziz was quoted as saying by the Dawn newspaper.

Aziz added that more evidence was needed, and that the United Nations had been given a dossier about India’s Research and Analysis Wing (RAW)’s involvement in Pakistan, Dawn’s report said. Pakistan claims that Jadhav, who was reportedly arrested in Balochisan in March this year, is a RAW agent.

“It (the dossier) did not have any conclusive evidence,” Aziz was quoted as saying by Geo TV. “What the dossier contained was not enough. Now it is up to the concerned authorities how long they take to give us more matter on the agent,” he said. Islamabad has used the arrest of Jadhav at every international forum to drum up support for its contention that India’s external intelligence agency, RAW, was fomenting terrorism in Balochistan. It has repeatedly briefed envoys of the European Union and the United Nations Security Council’s permanent member nations about Jadhav’s “subversive activities” in Balochistan.

Pakistan Army had also released a “confessional video” of Jadhav, who said he was the serving Indian Navy officer.

India has acknowledged Jadhav as a retired Indian Navy officer, but denied the allegation that he was in any way connected to the government. India has consistently sought consular access to Jadhav, issuing as many as six note verbales to the Pakistan foreign ministry, top government sources told.

“India has relentlessly sought access to Jadhav. And we don’t believe that he is a spy because had he been one, he wouldn’t have been carrying an Indian passport,” a source said. Jadhav’s Indian passport was in the name of Hussein Mubarak Patel.