New Delhi, Jan. 18: Pakistan’s claim of arresting Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav from Balochistan has been laid bare as a Baloch activist has exposed the nefarious aims of the country’s notorious spy agency Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI). Baloch activist Mama Qadir Baloch told an Indian news channel that Jadhav was actually kidnapped from Iran and brought to Balochistan and handed over to Pakistani agencies.
In an interview with CNN-News 18, Mama Baloch revealed explosive details of Jadhav’s kidnapping and the conspiracy hatched by the ISI.
Baloch said that the ISI paid crores to a terrorist named Mullah Omar Baloch Irani to abduct Jadhav from Irani port city of Chabahar. Mama Baloch added that the coordinators of an organisation named ‘Voice for Missing Balochs’ had witnessed Jadhav’s kidnapping.
“Kulbhushan Jadhav was kidnapped from Chabahar in Iran by a terrorist called Mullah Omar Baloch Irani, who works for the ISI in Balochistan. Our coordinators were there. ISI paid Mullah Omar crores of rupees to kidnap Kulbhushan Jadhav from Iran,” he said.
He added that Jadhav’s hands were tied and he was blindfolded and pushed into a car by the kidnappers.
“We knew that Kulbhushan Jadhav was a businessman in Iran. A double door car was hired and Kulbhushan Jadhav was blindfolded, his hands were tied and he was kidnapped from Chabahar in Iran. He was then brough to Mashkel in Balochistan which is on Iran-Pakistan border. This was where he was handed over to ISI. The ISI declared that they caught Jadhav in Balochistan. In fact, Jadhav didn’t even come to Balochistan. He was kidnapped from Iran by Mullah Omar Baloch,” Mama Baloch told CNN-News 18.
The Kulbhushan Jadhav Story
Pakistan claims its security forces arrested Kulbhushan Jadhav from restive Balochistan province on March 3 last year after he reportedly entered from Iran. However, India maintains that Jadhav was kidnapped from Iran where he had business interests after retiring from the Navy. It claims that he was in possession of an Indian passport that identified him as Hussein Mubarak Patel.
A Pakistani Military court had awarded death sentence to Jadhav on espionage charges. The sentencing had evoked a sharp reaction in India.
After India approached the ICJ, a 10-member bench on May 18, 2017 restrained Pakistan from executing Jadhav till adjudication of the case.
In December 2017, Pakistan allowed Jadhav’s mother and wife to meet him in Islamabad. The meeting took place at the Foreign Ministry office. The 40-minute meeting of Jadhav with his family triggered a fresh spat between India and Pakistan.
Speaking in Lok Sabha, External Affairs Minister of India Sushma Swaraj had accused Pakistan of using the meeting of Jadhav with his family as a ‘propaganda tool.’
“Emotional moment between a mother and her son, and a wife and her husband after a period of 22 months, was misused by Pakistan as an instrument to further its propaganda,” Swaraj said.
“Under the pretext of security precautions, even the attire of the family members was changed. Mr Jadhav’s mother, who wears a sari only, was instead given salwar and kurta to wear. The meeting with Jadhav was portrayed by Pakistan as a humanitarian gesture. However, the truth is that both humanity and compassion were missing during the meeting that was arranged on humanitarian and compassionate grounds,” she said. INDIA.COM