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Tuesday May 23, 2017

Pakistan: Iran must investigate suspected Indian spy’s links

Pakistan has asked the Iranian regime to investigate the case of a suspected Indian spy who Pakistani authorities say has confessed to spying against Pakistan from Iran, according to a copy of a Pakistani Interior Ministry letter to Iran obtained by Reuters on Friday.

Last month, Pakistan said it had detained the suspected spy, Kulbhushan Jadhav, in the violence-plagued province of Baluchistan after he had illegally entered the country from Iran.

Pakistan says Jadhav was working for India's main external intelligence agency, the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW).

India has confirmed that the man was a former Indian navy official but denied the man was a spy.

In video footage aired by the Pakistani government this week, Jadhav said he had set up an office in Chabahar in southeast Iran in 2003 and later worked for the Indian agency.

Pakistan's interior ministry, in a letter to the Iranian regime's ambassador in Islamabad said the Indian made had made "startling revelations" about an Indian spy network operating against Pakistan from Iranian soil.

"His mission included spying and sabotage, in addition to fomenting insecurity and instability in the provinces of Sindh and Baluchistan," the ministry said in the letter, a copy of which was provided to Reuters by an Interior Ministry official.

Pakistan asked the Iranian regime to provide information about the Indian man's activities, and the people he interacted with there, the ministry said.