Pakistan charges ‘RAW agent’ Kulbhushan Jadhav with sabotage, terrorism

An alleged Indian spy arrested in Pakistan has been charged with sabotage and terrorism, media reports said on Tuesday.

The counter-terrorism department at Quetta has lodged a case against Kulbhushan Jadhav, who was arrested from Balochistan last month on charges of being an agent of Indian spy agency RAW (the Research and Analysis Wing).

The daily, News International, quoted police sources as saying that a complaint was filed by the Balochistan home department on a directive from the federal government. “Terrorism, foreign act violation and sabotage charges have been included in the FIR,” sources said.

Jadhav, accused of being a RAW operative, was arrested by Pakistani authorities last month on charges of “illegally entering” the country to carry out “subversive activities” in the Balochistan province. Though the Indian government acknowledged the fact that the man is a former Indian Navy officer, it dismissed all allegations of espionage.

Islamabad, however, maintains that Jadhav is an Iran-based RAW operative who used to visit Pakistan regularly.

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