Missing ISI man
Lt Col(Rtd) Mohammad Habib Zahir went missing from Indo-Nepal border a few days back. It’s believed that the Army officer who had worked in the ISI in the past, was lured on the pretext of a job in Nepal. Many in defense circle believe that Mohammad Habib is an important man for ISI and if he is in the hands of RAW, many of ISI’s assets in Nepal will be compromised. The whole Kulbhushan Jadhav death sentence may be orchestrated by ISPR to force India to do a spy swap before the man opens his mouth.
Is Kulbhushan Jadhav already dead?
Many, including former home secretary and BJP MP R.K. Singh, fears that Kulbhushan Jadhav may have been murdered in prison and ISPR is making up the story of the trial to cover up this.
The trial never happened?
India was never informed about the trial and was never given consular access to Kulbhushan. India and Pakistan are bound by Geneva convention to provide consular access. There is no other record for the trial apart from the propaganda from ISPR.
Kulbhushan Jadhav was never involved in a cross-border operation?
Kulbhushan Jadhav was a Navy officer. It’s highly unlikely that RAW would send a serving officer to a hostile territory. Many former office bearers of RAW have clarified that they never send an Armed Force officer for a cross-border operation. Even if we assume Kulbhushan Jadhav is associated with RAW, he was a commander in the Navy, which is equivalent to Lt Col in the Army, so there is no chance of him participating or even handling the team at the ground level. Even if RAW had to send someone of his rank, they would have chosen the diplomatic missions. Gunter Mulack, former German ambassador to Islamabad had said he had information that Kulbhushan Jadhav was actually kidnaped by Taliban and sold to ISI. The interesting thing is, ISI didn’t reveal who all were Jadhav’s contacts in Balochistan. So far, there is no other name apart from Jadhav’s in this case. The video they released is totally out of sync. The emotions, lip movement etc were not matching with the audio. Also, Pakistan has claimed that Jadhav carried an Indian Passport, which is unlikely if he was an Indian undercover operative. The deniability something any Intelligence Agency wouldn’t want to let go in case if an agent gets caught. Also, there were stories that he got arrested when his Marathi calls were traced. That again is not something a trained undercover operative would do. It’s said that Jadhav was running a dhow business in Iran. If he was, in fact working for RAW, his job might be was to arrange safe route for the actual operatives or to keep an eye on Pakistani activity near Iran border, which doesn’t require him to go to Pakistan or Balochistan.