Pakistan names two Indian spies behind terrorism in Balochistan

03:25 PM | 16 Sep, 2019
Pakistan names two Indian spies behind terrorism in Balochistan

ISLAMABAD – Pakistan’s security agencies have identified another two Indian spies actively involved in terrorist activities in Balochistan, reports in local media said Monday.

Islamabad has shared details with Iran and Afghanistan regarding the Indian agents, named as Swami Asem Anand and Goband Part, and also penned a letter to the authorities in the two countries.

Both the spies sneaked into Pakistan from Iran and fled to Afghanistan after committing crime in Mastung, the Geo News reported.

Indian involvement in sabotaging peace in Pakistan was exposed when in 2016, the country’s security forces arrested Indian Naval Commander Kulbhushan Sudhir Jhadav in a counter-intelligence operation in the southwestern province.

A military court awarded him death sentence on April 10, 2017, following his confession that he had mounted operations for India’s Research Analysis Wing (RAW) to conduct terrorist activities on Pakistani soil. He is currently in a Pakistani jail.

In June 2017, the Indian spy filed a mercy petition against death penalty, in which he again confessed to his involvement in terrorist activities.

However, before Pakistani authorities could make a final decision, the International Court of Justice (ICJ), after being approached by India, ordered a stay in his execution through an interim order.

In its final verdict announced on July 17, the ICJ asked Pakistan to provide consular access to Jadhav under the Vienna Convention.

However, the Hague-based ICJ had rejected India’s request for acquittal, release and return of Commander Jadhav. According to the ICJ, the conviction and sentence of Kulbhushan Jadhav were not to be regarded as a violation of Article 36 of the Vienna Convention.

"As regards India’s claim based on the Vienna Convention, the Court considers that it is not the conviction and sentence of Mr. Jadhav which are to be regarded as a violation of the provisions of the Vienna Convention," read the verdict.

The ICJ allowed India consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav and called on Pakistan to review and reconsider his conviction and sentence. Pakistan subsequently provided Indian consular access to the convicted spy.