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Pakistan Lodges Protest After Arresting ‘Indian Spy'

Pakistan Foreign Secretary Aizaz Chaudhry
Pakistan Foreign Secretary Aizaz Chaudhry

Pakistan says it has arrested an Indian intelligence officer, sparking a new diplomatic row between the two rival neighbors.

Foreign Secretary Aizaz Chaudhry summoned the Indian envoy in Islamabad on March 25 to lodge a protest over the alleged spy’s illegal entry into Pakistan.

The man is also suspected of involvement in subversive activities in the southwestern province of Balochistan and the port city of Karachi.

Security officials said the man was detained in Balochistan on March 24, months after New Delhi said militants from Pakistan were linked to a January assault on an air base in India in which seven soldiers were killed.

Balochistan, Pakistan's least developed province, has long been the scene of a low-level insurgency by Baloch separatist groups.

It's also home to Taliban insurgents, drug smugglers, kidnapping rings, sectarian militants, and government-backed paramilitary death squads.

Karachi, Pakistan's largest city, is often hit by religious, political, and ethnic violence.

Based on reporting by AP and AFP