Pak court hands down death sentence to Kulbhushan Jadhav for spying

Claudine Rigal
Avril 11, 2017

According to an ISPR press release, Kulbhusan Sundir Jadhav alias Hussein Mubarak Patel was arrested on March 3, 2016, through a Counter-Intelligence Operation from Mashkel area of Balochistan for his involvement in espionage and sabotage actives in Pakistan.

In a very sad news coming this hour is former Indian navy officer Kulbhushan Jadhav, accused of being a raw agent sentenced to death by Pakistan.

Pakistan's foreign affairs advisor Sartaj Aziz had alleged that he was involved in "subversive and terrorist activities in Pakistan".

After the Pakistan military court gave a death sentence to alleged Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday asserted that the time has come for India to give up the thought to maintain cordial relationship with Islamabad and take stern action against them. However, Pakistan had refused to extradite him.

It said the Indian High Commission in Islamabad sought consular access to Jadhav 13 times between March 25, 2016, and March 31, 2017, but was not given permission to meet him. Qamar Javed Bajwa, the head of Pakistan's armed forces, signed off on the sentence. He said he was an agent of Research and Analysis Wing and was an officer of the Navy due to retire in 2022. "This was not permitted by the Pakistani authorities", he said. The Pakistan Army had also released a "confessional video" of Jadhav after his arrest.

The court martial was closed to the public and consular access was not provided to Jadhav.

Earlier, India lodged a "formal protest" with Pakistan over Kulbhushan's death sentence and announced that in case the punishment was carried out it will regard it as premeditated murder'. "While we probe this aspect further, his presence now in Pakistan raises questions, including the possibility of his abduction from Iran", the ministry had said.

For its part, India says Pakistan aids separatist fighters in Kashmir, part of India's only Muslim-majority state, which Pakistan also claims.

The Ministry said the Indian Government, through its High Commission in Islamabad, repeatedly sought consular access to Jadhav, as provided for by the worldwide drawing millions law.

Last September, the tension between the neighbors escalated after gunmen killed 19 Indian soldiers at an army camp in Kashmir, an attack India blamed on Pakistan-based militants. "There is no doubt that India is fuelling terrorism in Pakistan".

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