India's covert war on Pakistan is no longer a secret

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India's covert war on Pakistan is no longer a secret

It sounds like a plot from a hollywood thriller, covert operator working in another country with fake identities and hopping borders to perform his mission but that is where the fictional story ends and reality bites in. Kulbhushan Yadav, an elite intelligence covert operative working for India's Research & Analysis Wing (R&AW) was captured by Pakistan's Directorate of Counter Intelligence (DCI) from the Inter Services Intelligence Agency (ISI) with operational help from the Commandos of Special Operations Wing (SOW) of the Balochistan Frontier Corps, from a remote area of the Balochistan province.

The operation to capture the R&AW operative was carried out on actionable intelligence stating that Yadav was attempting to flee to the 'friendly' areas of Afghanistan where the Afghan Intelligence agency, the National Directorate of Security (NDS) provides a willing host for Indian covert operatives working to destabilize Pakistan. The joint operation conducted by the ISI and the Frontier Corps Special Forces unit commenced and leads to the capture of Kulbhushan Yadav along with his accomplices including a suspected Pakistani national Deepak Kumar Parkash, who was recruited by RAW officers working under diplomatic cover in Indian mission. Parkash, a resident of Kalat (Balochistan), was recruited by the RAW officers of military rank when he went to Indian mission to obtain a visa to visit Hindu temples in New Delhi in 2014.

Another suspected member of Yadav ring, Nadeem aka Uncle was captured from Karachi. Two agents of RAW working under the garb of Indian engineers and giving consultation services to a sugar mill of a top political family were also captured. Before the operation took place the ISI had captured several leads who were interrogated to gain useful insight into the covert operations campaign currently being waged by the Indian state against Pakistan in Balochistan province, the capture of Kulbhushan Yadav was one of the tip offs which lead to a string of Counter Intelligence operations eventually leading to his capture. 

So who is Kulbhushan Yadav anyway and what was he doing in Balochistan? - According to officially released information gained during the investigation,  Kulbhushan Yadav is the son of a Mumbai Police officer Sudhir Yadav, he was born on 16th April 1970, lives at House No 502-B, Silver Oak Puwai, Hiranandani Garden, Mumbai, State of Maharashtra India and is married with 2 children. Yadav joined the Indian Naval academy in 1987, he was commissioned in Indian Navy in 1991 as an officer, then was transferred to Naval Intelligence.

He was later deputed to RAW in 2013 to work on 'Pakistan specific missions’. Considering his expertise in Pakistan related operations, the RAW decided to deploy him on the ground with their 'Forward Deployed Units' specifically to attempt to reignite a failing insurgency in Pakistan's Balochistan province in order to destabilize Pakistan and to derail the $46 Billion China, Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) infrastructure project which the Indian Govt has publicly opposed in a bizarre manner. 

So how did Yadav enter Pakistan? - The RAW launched Yadav into Pakistan by allocating him a new passport issued under a false 'Muslim' name 'Mubarak Hussain Patel' on 12/5/2014, Passport number L9630730 which was used to gain a lawful visa entry into Iran under the pretext of  working in the shipping industry on the Iranian port of Bandar-e-Abbas. It is believed that Yadav crossed into Afghanistan with the help of RAW’s allies in the Afghan secret service who also might have aided him gain an unlawful entry into Pakistan’s Balochistan province. During the investigation the Indian spy revealed shocking details of his agenda given to him by the Indian govt. He was trained to speak local Pakistani languages and was taught cultural studies to familiarize himself with the Pakistani culture in order to stay undetected in Balochistan.

His mission was to destabilize Pakistan by providing logistical, intelligence, financial and operational support to the insurgent groups in Balochistan in order to reignite a dying insurgency. Tactics included assassinating Baloch leaders, who had denounced violence and had surrendered their weapons to join the democratic process initiated by the Govt of Pakistan and to assassinate Shia Hazara community members only to later kill a number of high profile Sunni religious leaders in the province to start a sectarian conflict RAW modeled after the insurgency in Syria and Iraq. He has also indicated his role in the Safoora Goth massacre of Islamili civilians to ignite a sectarian conflict in Pakistan’s financial capital.

The news of his capture sent shockwaves across Pakistan but was hardly a surprising news as most people in Pakistan already understand Indian ambitions and tactics from their history in 1971 East Pakistan civil war when India created the Mukti Bhini insurgency and went as far ahead as sending its military to intervene in the civil war to create a satellite state called Bangladesh. The Indian govt was quick to respond, they could not deny that Kulbhushan Yadav was indeed an Indian citizen but they did state that he is a ‘retired’ Naval commander in the Indian Navy, a claim contradicted by Mr. Yadav who insists that he is a ‘serving’ officer of the Indian navy.

This high profile capture of a top Indian covert operator has solidified Pakistan’s long held position that India was trying to do another ‘Bangladesh’ in Pakistan, but that is not the only implication of this development. The Pakistani investigators have claimed to have extracted a ‘treasure’ of intelligence regarding RAW’s operations in the region targeting Pakistan, its remaining operatives, lines of communications and logistics, local contacts, informants and an entire network of insurgent organizations working to help India achieve its goal of destabilizing Pakistan and to disrupt the CPEC project. Indian govt is not expected to own up to its covert war on Pakistan but what is absolutely clear is that RAW’s covert war on Pakistan is not ‘covert’ anymore, nor it would be without ‘blowbacks’ for the Indian state.

Report by Investigative Journalist: Jarrar Hazrat Marri.