Islamabad/New Delhi: Pakistan’s Defence Minister Khawaja Asif told the Pakistan Parliament that Kulbhushan Jadhav has a right to appeal against his death sentence within 60 days.
He, however, dismissed India’s charge that the sentence, if carried out, will be premeditated murder. Asif claimed that Pakistan had a strong case against Jadhav and the evidence is Jadhav’s “confessional” video.
“Whether the enemies come from across the border or within Pakistan, they will receive punishment,” he said.
There was nothing in the [legal] proceedings that was against the law,” he said. “Jadhav had confessed his crime in the confessional statement, which is available on record.”
The minister further said that the trial of Jadhav went for went on “for three months”, rejecting rumours that he was hastily convicted.
JKNPP chief to move Pak Supreme Court
Meanwhile, Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party chief Bhim Singh on Tuesday stated that he will move Pakistan’s Supreme Court against the death sentence given to Yadav.
Singh, who is a senior lawyer of Supreme Court of India, said the Legal Aid Committee headed by him has advocates in India and Pakistan as it members and the Committee will move a petition before the Supreme Court of Pakistan.
Singh said he hoped the Supreme Court of Pakistan will do justice to Jadhav and said if need be, he will move the International Court of Justice at The Hague, Holland.
Will bring Kulbhushan back, vows India
India has vowed to go “out of the way” to save the ex-naval officer who was sentenced to death by a Pakistan court in an alleged espionage case without substantial evidence.
India warned Pakistan on Tuesday to consider the “consequences” on national ties if Kulbhushan Jadhav is hanged.
The death sentence, awarded to Jadhav by a Pakistani military court after declaring him a “spy”, caused an outrage in the country and echoed in both Houses of Parliament where all parties came together to unanimously condemn the “indefensible” verdict, urging the government to take every possible step to help him.
The opposition also urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to mount diplomatic pressure on Pakistan to secure the release of the 46-year-old.
“Death sentence is a deliberate provocation to India. BJP Govt needs to travel beyond advisories. PM must intervene to secure his release,” Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala tweeted.
Protests, led by Congress leader Shehzad Poonawalla, against the death sentence were also staged outside the Pakistan High Commission here.
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