Quetta, Pakistan (Reuters) - Pakistan on Wednesday arrested a suspected Afghan spy believed to be behind assassinations and bombings in its Baluchistan province, security and government officials told Reuters.
The move comes two weeks after Pakistan detained another man it said was an Indian spy who illegally entered the country and was also captured in the mineral rich province.
“The arrested man is an Afghan national living in a rented house in Boghara area at the outskirts of Chaman town. Paramilitary forces raided the house on intelligence and detained him,” Manzoor Ahmed spokesman for the paramilitary force said.
“He was working for Afghan spy agency National Directorate of Security (NDS),” Ahmed said. Initial interrogation pointed to an NDS role in killings and blasts in the Baluchistan cities of Chaman and Quetta.
The accused has not been identified and Afghan authorities did not immediately comment on the arrest.
“He was on the payroll of NDS,” said Anwar-ul-Haq Kakar, spokesman for the Baluchistan government.
Security forces also said they had seized a large arms and ammunition cache due to information gleaned from the Afghan.
Pakistan has uneasy relations with neighbor Afghanistan. Kabul has long accused Pakistan of sheltering the Afghan Taliban insurgency’s leadership, a charge Islamabad denies.
For its part, Pakistan has demanded that Kabul do more to capture leaders of the separate Pakistani Taliban. They are believed to have sought refuge on Afghan soil after being dislodged in a Pakistani military operation from North Waziristan along the border.
Pakistan last month said it had detained a spy from regional arch rival India in Baluchistan who had illegally entered from Iran. It later released a videotaped confession by the man.
India has confirmed that the man was a former Indian navy official but denied he was a spy.
Writing by Syed Raza Hassan; Editing by Jon Boyle