The recent arrest and confession of Indian spy Kulbhushan Yadav from Balochistan all but proved the involvement of Indian spy agency’s subversive activities in Pakistan. Yadav is said to be originally from Indian Navy, where he served as a commissioned officer. In Pakistan, he operated under fake identities and was alleged to have been working with separatist and sectarian organizations. The Pakistan government has long accused the Indian intelligence agency RAW of sponsoring terrorism in Karachi, Fata and Balochistan. Moreover, the government on many occasions has given India proof’s of the subversive activities of RAW in Pakistan.
This time it also came to light that the arrested India spy was based in Chabahar, Iran. The revelation came to light just a few days before the visit of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. The matter was raised with him during the visit by the Pakistani leadership. Unfortunately some in the media negatively portrayed the role of Iran in the entire episode. Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Khan has also made it clear that the issue is with India, and not with Iran and lamented that the negative role played by few in the media was an insult to Iran. Nisar further said that the feel good factor between Iran and Pakistan after President Rouhani’s visit has been damaged immensely, but we are trying to address it. Media needs to be very cautious when it comes to such matters, negative reporting can harm relations with a brotherly country. The disappointment of the Interior Minister is understandable as misreporting on a sensitive matter like this could actually deal a major blow to the country’s foreign policy.
Media needs to be careful when reporting on such sensitive matters.