Pakistan Briefs Arab and ASEAN Envoys on Arrest of Indian ‘Spy’

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan today said it has briefed envoys of the Arab and ASEAN countries here over Indo-Pak ties and the arrest of an alleged Indian ‘spy’.

The Pakistan Foreign Office issued a statement saying that the envoys of Arab countries and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member states based in Islamabad were briefed today at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the arrest of “RAW (Research and Analysis Wing) Officer” Kulbhushan Jadhav.

It said the envoys were briefed about Jadhav’s alleged “confession about Indian sponsored subversive activities and terrorist financing to destabilise Pakistan”.

“It was emphasised in the briefing that in order to achieve regional peace and stability, it was imperative that India immediately stops its interference in Pakistan and resolves all contentious issues, including the Jammu and Kashmir dispute, through the process of sustained dialogue,” the statement said.

The briefing comes days after Jadhav was reportedly charged with terrorism and sabotage in an FIR filed against him by the provincial Balochistan government.

Pakistan Army had also released a “confessional video” of Jadhav, who said he was a 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.