Islamabad: In a recent development, three people – claimed to be conducting anti-state activities in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir on behalf of Indian intel agency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) – have been arrested by police in the region, as per a report.
The reports emerging from a Pakistan newspaper said that the three agents were masked and produced before the media during a press conference in Rawalkot.
The three alleged RAW agents were residents of Taroti village in Abbaspur in PoK, said the report. India is yet to react to the reports.
The report comes amid high tension between India and Pakistan over the death sentence to Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav, by a Pakistani military court earlier this month.
Pakistan claims Mr Jadhav was arrested while crossing into the restive province of Balochistan from Iran in March 2016 and that he was working as a spy working for RAW.
India says Jadhav travelled to Tehran for business and was abducted. It also says a video of Jadhav in which he confesses to being an Indian spy is not authentic. India has said the secretly-conducted trial of Jadhav trial was “farcical” and that New Delhi will do “whatever it takes” to save him.
Experts say the options available to India include the recall of its high commissioner from Islamabad and reducing the mission to consular level.
The government can also consider revoking ‘Most Favoured Nation’ status to Pakistan, create international opinion to isolate Pakistan, and move the international court of justice.
Meanwhile, Pakistan says that no pressure, internal or external, will be tolerated with regard to Jadhav and no compromises will be made on national security and integrity.
Jadhav’s death penalty has worsened ties that have been frosty since last year’s attack by Pakistani terrorists on an army camp in Kashmir’s Uri, in which 19 military personnel were killed.
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