"It was a completely doctored video, fake video made by Pakistan. They are just cooking up stories and doctoring videos to defame India," says Kiren Rijiju
A day after Pakistan released a video of ex-Indian Navy officer Kul Bhoshan Yadav, who was reportedly arrested by Pakistan officials in Balochistan, India on Wednesday reacted sharply saying that the neighbouring country was cooking up stories to defame India.
"It was a completely doctored video, fake video made by Pakistan. They are just cooking up stories and doctoring videos to defame India," said Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju. He said the video would have no impact on international platforms.
Releasing the six-minute tape, the Pakistan Army on Tuesday claimed that Yadav had confessed to working for Indian intelligence agency RAW to foment trouble in the restive province of Balochistan. Pakistan opposition subsequently called for Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to call off the peace process with India.
However, according to an Indian Express report, Indian intelligence officials have pointed to multiple errors in Jadhav’s testimony to assert that it may have been coerced. For example, Jadhav says he reported to a Joint Secretary in R&AW called Anil Kumar Gupta. There is, however, no one by that name at any senior rank in the agency or a position of Joint Secretary, R&AW, says the report.
The report says there are several mid-sentence cuts in the video suggesting that it was hurriedly spliced together.
Though Pakistan had claimed to have arrested Yadav from Balochistan, PTI has quoted certain sources as saying that his abduction from Iran, where he owns a cargo business, can not be ruled. They said Yadav owns a small ship and used to carry cargo from Bandar Abbas and Chabahar ports in Iran and other adjoining areas to various destinations.
Pakistan had described Yadav as an officer of the Indian Navy. However, Indian government rejected this claim and said he had no link with the government since his premature retirement from the Navy.