The Ministry of External Affairs on March 29 said:
“The government categorically rejects allegations that this individual was involved in subversive activities in Pakistan at our behest. Our enquiries reveal that he apparently was being harassed while operating a legitimate business from Iran. While we probe this aspect further, his presence now in Pakistan raises questions, including the possibility of his abduction from Iran.”
During the Inter Services Public Relations of Pakistan military conference, the Indian union ministry was also shown a video where Yadav was seen confessing that he was an official for India’s Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW).
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Though no one from R&AW was available for comment, the MEA in turn replied that video has “no basis in fact.” They said that “the individual claims to make the statements of his own free will” which “not only challenges credulity but clearly indicates tutoring.”
Meanwhile former Foreign Secretary, Kanwal Sibal, told The Hindu:
“Pakistan wants to get some propaganda advantage as the U.S. has stepped up pressure after the Pathankot attack. Pakistan has accused the person of being a serving naval officer. This is incredible as no intelligence agency sends serving naval officers with passports.”