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Pakistani authorities have arrested another Indian spy from Punjab, a foreign news agency claimed on Thursday.
The spy was arrested from the town of Dera Ghazi Khan in Punjab’s south. The arrest was made on the allegation of spying on nuclear enrichment facility.
An Indian National namely Raju Laxman has been Apprehended by security forces in DG Khan as he crossed from Balochistan into Punjab, he has been shifted to an unknown location on suspicion of him being a possible spy, as per reports. #Pakistan #India
— Anas Mallick (@AnasMallick) July 31, 2019
The news agency claimed that the arrested spy was named Rajo. Local media later reported that the man’s full name was Rajo Lakshman and he is from the Indian city of Indore.
After being arrested from the Rakhi Gaj area of D.G. Khan, the spy has now been shifted to an undisclosed location for further investigation and questioning.
There has been no official confirmation of the arrest by Pakistan Army’s media wing, the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR). The officials who gave the above details to the news agency, spoke on the condition of anonymity.
The Indian government has also refused to confirm or deny the news.
The news of the spy’s arrest comes only days after a bench of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruled that spy Kulbhushan Jadhav who is in Pakistani custody cannot be sent back to India.
However, the court did tell Pakistan to provide consular access to Jadhav as part of his basic legal rights under the Vienna Convention.
Spying is punishable by death in Pakistan. It is unlikely that Jadhav, who has been already been sentenced to death by a military court, will escape the death row.
Jadhav was arrested by the Pakistan military in 2016 from Balochistan. A serving commander in the Indian Navy, Jadhav had been acting as a spy with the aim of sabotaging the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) which is of especial importance to Balochistan in addition to being a game changer for the entire region.
The Nuclear armed neighbors nearly went to war last February after exchanging air strikes in which two Indian planes were destroyed and an Indian pilot captured. This happened after India blamed Pakistan of sponsoring a terror attack on security forces in Indian Occupied Kashmir.
The threat of war was averted after foreign powers stepped in to avoid a nuclear disaster. With Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal acting as a deterrent against India’s conventional superiority, the arrest of a spy from a nuclear facility will likely be seen as an extremely serious matter.