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In a rare revelation, the Pakistan Navy announced on November 18 that an Indian Navy submarine was detected and escorted away from Pakistani territorial waters. While New Delhi has dismissed the report, Pakistani security analysts feel that since the countries are not at war the Indian submarine was on an intelligence gathering mission in and around territorial waters as the date coincided with the first fleet leaving Gwadar port under CPEC. Anti-submarine expert retired Commodore Zafar Iqbal speculates that the submarine may have been attempting to get near the coast for delivering saboteurs or weapons supply for terrorist groups.

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