It is no news that India and Pakistan do not share a friendly relationship. Despite once being the part of the same country, the two neighbours have had multiple major conflicts in the past and have accused each other of destabilising peace in the region countless times. Furthermore, recent terrorist attacks on Indian soil from Pakistan and Kulbhushan Jadhav’s death sentence has only worsened the ties between the two nations.
So, when a man claiming to be a Pakistani agent asked for refuge in India, everyone was shocked to the core.
At around 6 am on Friday, a 38-year-old man landed at Delhi airport from Dubai. He was supposed to board a connecting flight to Kathmandu but instead, he went to the help desk at the airport and made a shocking statement,
“Hello, I am an ISI agent. But I don’t wish to continue any further and want to remain in India.”
Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) is the largest intelligence agency of Pakistan and is has often been accused of aiding and funding terrorism activities in India.
The claim took the staffer at the help-desk by surprise and airport security officials were called. The man, Muhammad Ahmad Sheikh Muhammad Rafiq, was then taken to the nearby prayer room where intelligence officers started interrogating him.
Rafiq then showed them classified documents carrying ISI markings, saying that he has decided to leave the agency. He was then taken away for further investigation by a joint team of intelligence officials.
The officials are now checking Rafiq’s background and scanning if he has visited India before. The Indian mission at Dubai is also asked to collect information about him. As of now, the officials can’t say for sure if Rafiq’s claims are valid.
“Every detail would be verified before a view is taken on his claims.”
Whether Rafiq’s claims are true or is this just some kind of a stunt, only time will tell.
News Source: NDTV