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Pakistan envoy Abdul Basit calls Kulbhushan Jadhav a ‘terrorist’

April 11, 2017

Kulbhushan JadhavNew Delhi: A day after Pakistan sentenced Indian businessman Kulbhushan Jadhav to death, Pakistan’s High Commissioner to India, Abdul Basit, referred to Jadhav as a “terrorist”.

While speaking to a Pakistani news channel about the death sentence awarded to Jadhav, Basit, on Tuesday, said, “A terrorist should meet his fate for whatever he did.”

Basit’s comment comes hours ahead of the event at the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi, organised to “improve Indo-Pak relations.”

The invitees to the event include Former Union Minister Mani Shankar Aiyar, PDP MP Muzzaffar Beg, CPM MP Mohd Salim and senior advocate Ram Jethmalani, among others.

The invite by the Pakistan High Commission even as Pakistan has sentenced Indian businessman Kulbhushan Jadhav to death on unproven charges of “sabotage and espionage” has drawn a lot of ire in India.

India had summoned Abdul Basit on Monday and issued a demarche stating that the death sentence if carried out, would amount to “premeditated murder.”

Pakistan has not been able to prove the charges it has levelled against Jadhav. In December 2016, the Foreign Advisor to Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Sartaj Aziz, had admitted in front of a full senate house that the dossier prepared by Pakistan against Jadhav was based on insufficient evidence and more proof needs to be gathered.

On Tuesday, senior leaders and cabinet ministers in the House of Parliament condemned the action taken by the Pakistani government and Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj said that Kulbhushan Singh Jadhav is India’s son and that India will bring him back at any cost.

 “The trial that was carried out by Pakistani government was of farcical nature of proceedings. We will do anything that takes to bring him back home. He is India’s son and we will go out of the way to save him at any cost,” she said.

Speaking in the Lok Sabha, Home Minister Rajnath Singh also condemned the gruesome action and assured that all the possible action will be taken in the matter.

Rajnath questioned Pakistan’s decision, asking – how can a spy carry valid Indian passport?

 “He was denied counsellor access and basic norms of law and justice was denied to him. India condemned this act in strongest possible terms,” Rajnath Singh added.

It has come to light that the leader of the Opposition in Pakistan National Assembly Syed Khurshid Ahmed Shah was unaware of the government’s decision to order death sentence to Indian businessman Kulbhushan Jadhav.

In a statement to Pakistan media, Shah pointed out that the Pakistan National Assembly was “clueless” that an announcement sentencing Jadhav to death would be made during the trial.

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