NEW DELHI: The latest spy saga between India and Pakistan that unveiled a few kilometres away from Mohali stadium where prime ministers of India and Pakistan met while the two sides played the World Cup semi-final has an unlikely hero: An Indian Army soldier from Kashmir Valley.
According to sources, it was the quick reflexes of the soldier that led to the dramatic detention of a Pakistan high commission driver in Chandigarh, a few kilometres away from where Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Pakistani counterpart Yousuf Raza Gilani were meeting. What has added a special sense of pride to those who oversaw the operation is the fact that the one who helped nab the Pakistani spy was a Kashmiri Muslim.
Sources said the Pakistan high commission driver had targeted the Army man "because of his distinct Kashmiri features" and had used discussions about Kashmir to endear himself to the soldier. He walked up to the Indian soldier at a Chandigarh crossing and struck up a conversation. In the subsequent meeting, the driver offered money to him for divulging military details.
According to sources, the soldier used quick reflexes to trap the driver. He told the Pakistani spy that though he may not have any valuable information, he could put him in touch with other Army personnel who could provide sensitive info.
On the pretext of introducing him to other personnel, the soldier walked the Pakistani driver to his Army unit. When they were just metres away from the gate, the soldier caught hold of the driver and shouted for help. His colleagues came in and assisted him in overpowering the driver and take him inside. In this scuffle, the driver was mildly injured.
The Pakistan high commission official was interrogated for almost 24 hours but "he turned out be a hard nut, revealing very little", a source said.
Within hours of the driver's arrest, Pakistani authorities detained an Indian high commission staffer in Islamabad. The matter ended with both sides releasing their respective detainees.
Sources indicated that the Indian soldier could be recommended for appropriate military commendation.
J&K Muslim jawan helped nab Pak spy - The Times of India