Many terrorists arrested in Pakistan 'have links to Indian, Afghan intelligence agencies', says Pak Intelligence Bureau
Jadhav was arrested in March 2016. (Image source: Battle Machines, YouTube) Photograph: (Others)
Many of the "terrorists" arrested by Pakistan in the last three years have links to Indian and Afghan intelligence agencies, according to Pakistan's Intelligence Bureau.
Intelligence Bureau (IB) Director General Aftab Sultan also said that foreign players and anti-state elements were plotting to botch the lucrative China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).
Pakistan intelligence agency chief made these comments at a Senate standing committee meeting on Tuesday months after an arrested spy named Kulbhushan Jadhav disclosed his links with Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), India's primary foreign intelligence bureau.
"Out of the 865 terrorists arrested during the last three years, a significant number had connections with India’s RAW and the Afghan NDS (National Directorate of Security),” said the chief of intelligence agency, Pakistan daily Dawn reported.
He also said they were keeping a "close eye" on the anti-state elements who are keen on sabotaging the multi-billion dollar CPEC project.
“We will not allow the militant organizations and foreign intelligence agencies to succeed in their design to sabotage CPEC,” Sultan said during the Tuesday meeting, Pakistan daily The Nation reported.
Besides the Indian and Afghan intelligence agencies, the other groups that are a threat to the CPEC project are: Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan ((TTP) Lashker-e-Jhangvi, East Turkmenistan Islamic Movement and Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan.
China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is a $45 billion project that encompasses several development works aimed to augment and refurbish infrastructure in Pakistan. The 3,218 km-long corridor will add 700,000 direct jobs between 2015 and 20130 and boost the domestic economy by 2.5 per cent, according to a Deloitte report.
Spy's links with India
Pakistan has long been concerned about India's involvement in Balochistan.
Kulbhushan Jadhav's arrest in March during a raid in Balochistan's Chaman area was key for Pakistan as he confessed to being a RAW spy and a former Indian Navy officer.
"I am basically the man for Mr Anil Kumar Gupta who is the joint secretary of RAW and his contacts in Pakistan," he said in a confessional video.
India admitted Jadhav was a former navy officer but denied his connection with RAW.