Swaraj warns Pakistan of adverse impact over Jadhav death sentence

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kulbashab-yaoExternal Affairs Minister, Sushma Swaraj warned Pakistan of the adverse impact if the neighouring county continues with the death sentence of Kulbhushan Jadhav.

Speaking in Rajya Sabha on Aprill 11 she said, “Our position is very clear, there is no evidence of wrongdoing by Kulbhushan Jadhav”. She assured that the government would go out of its way to provide the best legal support for Jadhav. She also hinted towards raising the issue at the United Nations.

Home Minister, Rajnath Singh too assured that justice would be done with him. “Kulbhushan Jadhav had a valid Indian visa, how can he be a spy,” Singh questioned in the parliament.

“Indian Government will do whatever possible for Kulbhushan Jadhav, want to assure all that justice will be done with him,” Singh added.

MP’s from different parties voiced their unison in condemnation of the act by Pakistani authorities. Congress demanded the intervention of Narendra Modi to secure the release of Jadhav.

“Death sentence is a deliberate provocation to India. BJP govt needs to travel beyond advisories. PM must intervene to secure his release,” said Randeep S Surjewala, senior party leader and spokesperson of Congress.

AIMIM  chief  Asaduddin Owaisi in Lok Sabha said that government should use its influence and try to bring him back safely. He compared Pakistan military court with a banana court where judgement is announced without any evidence. Congress leader Mallikarjuna Kharge said that if Jadhav is hanged, it will be considered as a pre-meditated murder.

India summoned Pakistan’s high commissioner Abdul Basit on April 10 and issued a demarche to Pakistani military court for awarding death sentence to Jadhav.  “You can’t sponsor terrorism and then summon an ambassador to protest over the sentence of terrorists. Nothing matters more than national security,” said Basit.

Jadhav was arrested in March last year on charges of espionage and sabotage activities against Pakistan as a RAW agent.

“He confessed before a Magistrate and the court that he was tasked by  RAW to plan, coordinate and organise espionage, sabotage activities aiming to destabilise and wage war against Pakistan by impeding the efforts of law enforcement agencies for restoring peace in Balochistan and Karachi,” read a statement issued by Pakistan.

Media in Pakistan has termed the action as ‘unprecedented’. The story was published by various news organisations that attempted to analyse the impact of the decision on the diplomatic relations between the two countries.

Meanwhile, India has refused to allow 12 Pakistani prisoners to go free who were cleared to go back on April 12.