Pakistan authorities claim to have identified two Indian spies who were allegedly actively involved in terrorist activities in Baluchistan. According to reports in GeoTV, both of the spies, namely Swami Asemanand and Gobind entered Pakistan from Iran.

The two alleged spies were involved in criminal activity in the Mastung area of Baluchistan before fleeing to Afghanistan. Pakistan has shared details with Iran and Afghanistan regarding the Indian agents and also wrote a letter to the authorities in the two countries.

Pakistan has consistently blamed India for sabotaging peace in Pakistan and had arrested alleged-spy Kulbhushan Jhadav in 2016. It is alleged by the Pakistani government that he was arrested in the Pakistani province of Baluchistan on charges of terrorism and spying for India’s intelligence agency.

On 10 April 2017, Indian foreign ministry said he had been “kidnapped last year from Iran and his subsequent presence in Pakistan has never been properly explained by Islamabad.

The Pakistani government stated that he was a serving commander in the Indian Navy who was involved in subversive activities inside Pakistan and was arrested on 3 March 2016 during a counter-intelligence operation in Baluchistan.

The Indian government recognised Jadhav as a former naval officer but denied any current links with him and maintained that he took premature retirement and was abducted from Iran.

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan in a recent interview tacitly admitted that Pakistan could lose in a conventional war with India, and in that case “there could be consequences”, referring to nuclear weapons.

To a question on his issuing a nuclear threat to India over Kashmir, Khan said: “There is no confusion. What I said is that Pakistan will never start a nuclear war. I am a pacifist, I am anti-war. I believe that wars do not solve problems. War has unintended consequences. Look at the war in Vietnam, Iraq, the wars caused other problems, probably much more serious than what it was originally fought for.

“But I am clear that when two nuclear-armed countries fight a conventional war, there is every possibility of it ending in a nuclear war. If I say Pakistan, God forbid, and in a conventional war, and we are losing, and if a country is stuck between two choices, either you surrender or fight to the death for your freedom. I know Pakistan will fight to the death for freedom when a nuclear-armed country fights to the death, there are consequences.

“That is why we have approached the UN, and are approaching every international forum, that they must act right now, as this (Kashmir) is a potential disaster that will go way beyond the Indian subcontinent.

On India’s revocation of special status for Kashmir, he told Al Jazeera that India had “annexed Kashmir illegally” and “unilaterally broken international laws”.

He also said that there was “no longer prospect of a dialogue” with India, though his country has downgraded diplomatic ties and snapped trade links with New Delhi since the latter on August 5 revoked Kashmir’s special status in order to integrate it into the rest of the country.

“There is not much we can do except approach international organisations” and also the “stronger countries” like the US, China, and Russia. “We are approaching all of them.” He also said that if the Kashmir issue is not resolved by the international community it could “impact world trade”.

Asked about US President Donald Trump’s offer to intervene on the Kashmir issue, including his latest one this week, Imran said: “I am thankful to President Trump. If he intervenes, seriously intervenes, it is one way you can guarantee some sort of resolution.” He also suggested the US could act indirectly on Kashmir through the UN Security Council.

Pakistan’s law ministry rejected PM Imran Khan’s proposal to take the Kashmir matter to the International Court of Justice (ICJ). Pakistan PM Imran Khan had earlier expressed interest to drag India to the ICJ over India’s so-called annexation of Jammu and Kashmir.

Pakistan’s law ministry stated that there was no such agreement between Pakistan and India regarding taking Kashmir issue to the ICJ. However, the ministry suggested that PM Khan could raise the matter in the United Nations General Assembly or the Security Council so that it can be referred to the ICJ through a proper channel.

Earlier, Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said that Islamabad had decided to take Kashmir case to the ICJ. He had said that the decision was taken after analysing legal aspects.

On Friday, Imran Khan held a rally in Muzaffarabad to show solidarity with the people in Kashmir. Imran Khan also said that he was going to address the United Nations General Assembly next week. “And I will not disappoint the people of Kashmir,” Khan said.

A Pakistan Army soldier was killed after Indian army soldiers resorted to “unprovoked” firing from across the Line of Control in Hajipir sector of Pakistan controlled Kashmir, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said on Thursday.

According to media reports, Indian troops had targeted the same sector with intermittent shelling on Monday. However, no losses had been reported at the time.

Earlier, Foreign Office (FO) had summoned Indian Charge d` Affairs Gaurav Ahluwalia to lodge a protest against “unprovoked ceasefire violations” by the Indian army.

According to a statement issued by the FO, Director General (SA & SAARC) Dr Mohammad Faisal had urged the Indian side to respect the 2003 ceasefire arrangement. He said that the Indian side should permit UNMOGIP to play its mandated role as per the UN Security Council resolutions.

The statement had said that in the last ceasefire violations on September 6 in Khuiratta sector of the LoC, the Indian forces had deliberately targeted innocent civilian participants of peaceful rallies organised to show solidarity with the people of Indian-occupied Jammu and Kashmir. Four civilians had sustained serious injuries in that incident.

The incidents of firing along the LoC come as tensions remain high between India and Pakistan over the former’s move to revoke occupied Kashmir’s special autonomy.