India warned Pakistan on Tuesday of serious repercussions for bilateral ties if Islamabad executes the Indian spy Kalbushan Jhadav.
Pakistan’s Field General Court Martial (FGCM) handed the Indian spy Kalbushan Jhadav a death sentence on 10th April, 2017. In response, India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj stated in parliament that the issue will be taken at the highest level to ensure justice is served for Jhadav.
Kalbushan Jhadav was arrested in Pakistan last year. After a lengthy trial, the military tribunal awarded him the death sentence. Jhadav is an Indian intelligence official who added and financed terrorist activities in Baluchistan and Karachi, with a serious intent to instigate conflict within the region and sabotage Gwadar Port. Jhadav confessed to the same after being captured by the Pakistani authorities, which was described as a major counter-intelligence victory by the Pakistani military officials. While India continues to deny these allegations, they made several requests, thirteen in total, to Pakistani authorities that Jhadav be permitted consular services. Swaraj said,
The government and people of India would view very seriously the possibility that an innocent Indian citizen is facing death sentence in Pakistan without due process and in violation of basic norms, law, justice and international relations.
the Pakistan government to consider the consequences of our bilateral relationship fi they proceed on this matter.
Congress MP Shashi Tharoor on Tuesday slammed Pakistan for awarded Kalbushan Jhadav a death sentence,
What Pakistan is doing is not only an assault on India, it is an assault on international laws, international conventions that affect everybody. There are certain countries that finance and arm the Pakistani military. Those countries must be told by us that if this can be done to an Indian today, it can be done to one of their nationals tomorrow… The extremely important thing for us is to uphold the principles. Thirteen times this gentleman was denied consular access, which is a basic right. Geneva conventions have been violated by Pakistan… This is an extremely serious matter.
Pakistan’s Defence Minister Khawaja Asif defended the verdict saying,
The trial went on for three months. Jadhav was provided the chance to defend himself. But all the charges levelled against were found to be true. If India takes the matter up internationally Pakistan will defend its decision. Kulbushan’s sentence is a warning for anyone with anti-Pakistan sentiment. The justice system will come down on people working to sabotage Pakistan with full force.
Needless to say, India’s furious reaction over the death sentence awarded to spy Kulbushan Jadhav confirms his importance to Indian intelligence circle. India previously denied any association with Jadhav. Only after his death sentence did the concern rise.You can follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Google+ for more updates. Otherwise fill in the subscription box above, or subscribe to our RSS Feed.