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Captain Qadeer- The hero behind Jadhav’s arrest

The real hero, Captain Qadeer, went undercover as a beggar for three years and played a major role in Jadhav’s arrest.

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Twitter in Pakistan has burst with praise for Pakistan Army’s late Captain Qadeer Ahmed, who went undercover as a beggar for three long years to arrest Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav.


According to reports, working with the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), Captain Qadeer spent more than three years in Balochistan as a beggar, attired in dirty tattered clothes, and kept an eye on Jadhav’s activities.

He slept on the pavement and scoured dustbins while keeping a watch. Pictures of the young captain in his beggar avatar are also doing rounds on social media.

Despite being born to a wealthy family, Qadeer chose a military career against his family’s wishes.

He passed away on June 2, 2018, in a car accident while his car was on way to Khuzdar from Quetta. A female relative sitting on the passenger seat sustained injuries in the accident in Lakoran area, while the officer died on the spot.

He was reportedly on his way home from an undercover duty to see his baby daughter who was ill.

The Indian Spy who failed

Kulbhushan Jadhav, a serving officer of the Indian Navy was arrested on 3 March, 2016 in a compound in Mashkhel area of Balochistan. The area of his arrest is situated very close to the Iranian border.

Jadhav was recruited in the Indian Navy in 1987 and assigned the number 41558Z. Posted in Iran around 2003, he had been serving RAW since 2013. At the time of his arrest he was carrying an Indian passport (No: L9630722). The passport was issued under the alias of Hussain Mubarak Patel.

The Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) released a confessional video some twenty days after the arrest. In the video Jadhav confessed that he was a serving officer of the Indian Navy, New Delhi replied that he was a former officer.

As a military tribunal sentenced Jadhav to death for espionage in April 2017, Army Chief General Bajwa endorsed the sentence soon after. As India moved the ICJ against the decision, the ICJ duly issued a stay against the execution. Pakistan also allowed Jadhav to meet his wife and mother in December of the same year.

In a second confessional statement released in June 2017, he confessed that he had been trying to organize acts of terror in Balochistan at the behest of the Indian government. Pakistan believes that Jadhav’s ultimate aim was sabotaging the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

Read more: Pakistan grants Consular Access to RAW Spy Kulbhushan Jadhav

India had repeatedly asserted that Jadhav was abducted from Iran and brought into Pakistan. However, during the trial Pakistan’s counsel Professor Khawar Qureshi had pointed out that India had exposed its own lie by never raising the issue formally with Iran.

A day after the International Court of Justice’s (ICJ) verdict in the Jadhav case, Pakistanis took to Twitter to praise Capt Qadeer for his role in the Indian spy’s arrest.