Former Indian Naval officer sentenced to death in Pakistan

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kulbashab-yaoKulbhushan Jadhav, an Indian citizen, was sentenced to death by Pakistan Army today on the charges of espionage. According to India, he was abducted from Iran but Pakistan claims that he was arrested through a Counter Intelligence Operation from Mashkel, Balochistan in March last year.

The death sentence was confirmed by army chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa after the Field General Court Martial (FGCM) found him guilty of “all the charges”, said the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR). “The spy has been tried through Field General Court Martial under Pakistan Army Act and awarded death sentence,” it said and added that the FGCM found Jadhav “guilty of all the charges.”

The ISPR statement read: “RAW agent Commander Kulbhushan Sudhir Jadhav was tried BY FGCM under section 59 of Pakistan Army Act (PAA) 1952) and Section 3 of official Secret Act of 1923. FGCM found Kulbhushan Sudhir Jadhav guilty of all the charges.”

Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor The spokesperson of Pakistan Armed Forces posted on twitter:

Kulbhushan Jadhav is an Indian citizen, recognised by the Indian government as a former naval officer, and was arrested by Pakistan alleging espionage. India denied that he had any links to its government but said that he was running a business in the Iranian port city of Chabahar after a “premature retirement” from the Navy.

In the past, Pakistan has protested several times over what it calls India’s support to Baloch national groups. India has denied the charge, but this was the first time that Pakistan alleged it has arrested an officer of RAW.