India on Friday denied allegations that the man Pakistan arrested was an undercover officer of the Research and Analysis Wing, but admitted he had served in the navy. "The individual has [had] no link with the government since his premature retirement from the Indian Navy," the Foreign Affairs Ministry said in a statement. Indian envoy Gautam Bambawale was summoned by the Pakistani government in Islamabad after the arrest was made. RAW is India's primary foreign intelligence agency.

Dawn News had reported that security forces had arrested an undercover RAW officer near the Pakistan-Afghan border in Balochistan. Home Minister of Balochistan Sarfaraz Bugti reportedly said that “an Indian spy” was arrested from the southern part of the Pakistani province. The government of Pakistan claimed that the man, identified as Kulbhushan Yadav, had instigated terror attacks in Karachi and disorder in Balochistan, NDTV reported. Bugti also alleged that the officer was a spy who was “sponsoring terrorist activities” in the country. The suspect was moved to Islamabad for interrogation after his arrest.