Transcript of Kulbhushan Jadhav's 'Confession'

For the benefit of The Wire's readers, we are providing a transcript of the 'confessional' video released by the Pakistani government on March 29 in which Kulbhushan Jadhav, the Indian man arrested on charges of being a spy, says he is a serving navy officer and an operative of the Research and Analysis Wing.

For the benefit of  The Wire’s readers, we are providing a transcript of the ‘confessional’ video released by the Pakistani government on March 29 in which Kulbhushan Jadhav, the Indian man arrested on charges of being a spy, says he is a serving navy officer and an operative of the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), India’s external intelligence agency. The Indian ministry of external affairs in a statement on Tuesday evening said the video “clearly indicates tutoring.” 


I am Commander Kulbhushan Jadhav. Number 41558Z. I am a serving officer of the Indian Navy. I am from the engineering cadre of the Indian Navy and my cover name was Hussein Mubarak Patel, which I had taken for doing some intelligence gathering for the Indian government, agencies. I joined the National Defence Academy in 1987 and I subsequently joined the Indian Navy in 1991 and was commissioned into the  Indian Navy and served in the Indian Navy till around 2001 December when the parliament attack occurred. And that is when I started contributing my services towards the gathering of information and intelligence within India.

I live in the city of Mumbai in India.

I am still a serving officer in the Indian Navy and will be due for retirement in 2022 as a commissioned officer in the Indian Navy.

After having completed 14 years of service by 2002, I commenced intelligence operations in 2003 and established a small business in Chabahar in Iran. As I was able to achieve undetected existence and visits to Karachi in 2003 and 2004 and having done some basic assignments within India for RAW, I was picked by RAW in 2013 end. Ever since I have been directing various activities in Balochistan and Karachi at the behest of RAW

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and deteriorating law and order in Karachi.

I was basically the man for Mr Anil Kumar Gupta who is the joint secretary, RAW, and his contacts in Pakistan, especially in the Baloch student organisation

My purpose was to hold meeting with Baloch insurgents and carry out activities with their collaboration. These activities have been of criminal nature, these have been of anti-national, matlab terrorist, leading in to the killing and maiming of Pakistani citizens also.

I realised during this process that RAW is involved in some activities related to the Baloch liberation movement within Pakistan and the region around it. There are finances which are led into Baloch movement through various contacts or various ways and means into the Baloch liberation and the various activities of these Baloch liberation and the RAW handlers go towards activities which are criminal, which are anti-national, which can lead to maiming or killing of people within Pakistan and mostly these activities were centred around what I have knowledge of, the ports of Gwadar, Pasni, Jeevani and various other installations which are around the coast, damaging to the various other installations which are in Balochistan.

So the  activities seemed to be revolving around to create a criminal sort of a mindset within the Baloch liberation and lead to instability within Pakistan.

So in my pursuit towards achieving the set targets by my handler in RAW, I was trying to cross over into Pakistan from the Saravan border in Iran on 3rd March 2016 and was apprehended by the Pakistani authorities while on the Pakistani side.

And the main aim of this crossing over into Pakistan was to hold meeting with the BSN personnel in Balochistan for carrying out various activities which they were supposed to undertake and carrying backwards the messages which they had to deliver, backwards to the Indian agencies.

The main issues regarding this were that they were planning to conduct operations in the next immediate future, near future. That was to be discussed mainly.. That was the main aim of trying  to come into Pakistan.

The moment that I realised that my intelligence operations have been compromised on my being detained in Pakistan, I revealed that I am an Indian naval officer.

And it is on mentioning that I am an Indian naval officer the total perception of the establishment of the Pakistani side changed and they treated me very honourably and with utmost respect and due regard and handled me subsequently in a more professional, proper courteous way.

They handled me in way that befits that of  an officer.

Once I have realised that I have been compromised in my process of intelligence operations I decided to just end the mess that I have landed myself in. And just wanted to subsequently move on and cooperate with the authorities in removing the complication which I have landed myself and my family members into.

Whatever I am stating just now, it is the truth. It is not under any duress or pressure I am doing it. It is totally out of my own desire to mention and come clean out of this entire process which I have gone through in the last 14 years.

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