Pak trying to defame India using doctored video, says Rijiju

New Delhi (TIP): India on Wednesday accused Pakistan of trying to “defame” it by cooking up the story about involvement of its external intelligence agency in fomenting insurgency in the neighbouring country.

Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju said that Islamabad on Tuesday released a “doctored” video of former Indian Navy officer Kul Bhushan Yadav, who is accused of working for India’s external spy agency —Research and Analytical Wing. “It was a completely doctored video, fake video made by Pakistan. They are just cooking up stories and doctoring videos to defame India,” said Rijiju. Yadav was running a cargo business in Iran after his “premature retirement” from the Indian Navy. He had possibly been abducted from Iran by a small outfit owing allegiance to al-Qaeda and handed over to Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) of Pakistan, sources in New Delhi said.

Rijiju said that the allegations by Pakistan about India fomenting unrest in its territory would have no impact on international platforms. The video, released by Pakistan Army on Tuesday, has Yadav saying that he was still serving in the Indian Navy and would retire in 2022. It also has him saying that he began working as an intelligence agent after the attack on the Indian Parliament in 2001.

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