Islamabad claims suspect is an Indian intelligence operative involved in ‘subversive’ activities in Balochistan, Karachi.
Pakistan on Friday protested to India after arresting a man suspected of being a foreign spy, sparking a new diplomatic tiff between the neighbors.
The man was arrested during a raid in Balochistan province, Pakistani media reports said quoting local security officials, calling him an agent with India’s Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) intelligence agency.
A Pakistani foreign ministry statement described the incident as the “illegal entry into Pakistan by a RAW officer and his involvement in subversive activities in Balochistan and Karachi.”
It said the foreign secretary had summoned the Indian high commissioner so Islamabad could convey its “protest and deep concern.”
Balochistan, Pakistan’s largest but least developed province, has been battling a years-long separatist insurgency that the Army has repeatedly claimed is “terrorism” promoted by states hostile to Pakistan such as India.