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India rejects Pakistan's video of 'spy confession'

30 Mar 2016

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New Delhi, Mar 30: India has rejected the 'video confession' of a former Indian naval officer, who has been arrested on charges of espionage in Pakistan, and said it has 'no basis in fact'.

The government raised the possibility that the man might have been 'abducted'.

"Government categorically rejects allegations that this individual was involved in subversive activities in Pakistan at our behest. Our enquiries reveal that he apparently was being harassed while operating a legitimate business from Iran," read a statement issued by the MEA.

"While we probe this aspect further, his presence now in Pakistan raises questions, including the possibility of his abduction from Iran. This would become clear only if we are given consular access to him and we urge the Government of Pakistan to respond immediately to our request," it said.

A six-minute statement by arrested Kulbhushan Yadav has been released by Pakistan.

In the video released by Pakistan, Yadav is seen saying that he is a serving officer in the Indian Navy.

“I am still a serving officer in the Indian Navy and will be due for retirement in 2022,” Yadav is quoted as saying in the video.

“By 2002, I commenced intelligence operations," he said.

The full statement released by the MEA is given below: 

"We have seen a video released by Pakistani authorities of a former Indian Naval officer, doing business in Iran, who is in Pakistani custody under unexplained circumstances. The video has this individual making statements which have no basis in fact. That the individual claims to make the statements of his own free will not only challenges credulity but clearly indicates tutoring. It is also relevant to note here that despite our request, we have not been given consular access to an Indian national under detention in a foreign country, as is the accepted international practice. We are naturally concerned about his well-being in these circumstances.

Government categorically rejects allegations that this individual was involved in subversive activities in Pakistan at our behest. 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. This would become clear only if we are given consular access to him and we urge the Government of Pakistan to respond immediately to our request."




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