NEW DELHIL: Indian media has on Friday admitted that New Delhi has unleashed a covert war against Pakistan and that convicted spy Kulbhushan Jadhav is a serving officer of Indian Navy and an agent of country’s notorious spy agency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW).
A major Indian magazine, published by a reputable media house, finally comes around not only admitting that India is engaged in a covert war but also said that Jadhav’s arrest and conviction by the Pakistan Army has underlined the need for New Delhi to review its policies.
The admission made by the Indian magazine Frontline is all the more significant because a similar report — discussing Jadhav’s career as an agent of the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) — was canned just a few weeks ago. So much pressure was brought to bear on the staff of The Quint that it pulled the damning report from its website for “rechecking some of the information mentioned in the article”.
The article writes: “Ever since 2013, India has secretly built up a covert action program against Pakistan” that was initially led by National Security Adviser Ajit Doval and now by RAW’s Anil Dhasmana. The program registered unprecedented success. “…But the story of the man on death row [Jadhav] illustrates that this secret war is not risk-free. Lapses in trade-craft and judgment, inevitable parts of any human enterprise, can inflict harm far greater than the good they seek to secure,” Swami says.
The article further stated that Jadhav joined the Indian Navy in 1987. “Inducted into the Navy in 1987, with the service number 41558Z, Kulbhushan Sudhir Jadhav would likely have been promoted to the rank of commander after 13 years of service, in 2000,” it stated.
“But the digital archive of the Gazette of India, a public document, has removed all files relating to the Defense Ministry for several months in 2000. Files in subsequent years bear no record of Jadhav’s retirement….”
The Indian government has claimed before the International Court of Justice that Jadhav is a retired naval officer, but it has declined to state exactly when he retired.