Islamabad: In a recent development after death sentence was given to Indian businessman Kulbhushan Singh Jadhav by a Pakistan military court, the country’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday has dismissed India’s warnings.
He said: “Pakistan will not take any pressure from India.”
His statement came after warnings given by India authorities, who vehemently condemned the issue. Several Indian senior ministers, including External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj condemned the death sentence, calling it farcical.
Almost all leaders present in both the houses of the Parliament yesterday said it would be a case of “premeditated murder” if the neighbours went ahead with Jadahv’s death sentence.
Some of the leaders apart from Swaraj who have been vocal about the issue include Union Home Affairs Minister Rajnath Singh, Congress’ Mallikarjun Kharge, and BJP’s Subramanian Swamy.
Senior officials from the army are also staging a protest in the national capital outside the Pakistan High Commission office and the current high commissioner to India Abdul Basit. Though Basit has called Jadhav a terrorist, he has not once spoken to the media on the issue.
Even US has condemned the death sentence and questioned Pakistan on the arbitrary decision.
Pakistan made an announcement about Jadhav’s death sentence on Monday and the same was confirmed by its military’s media wing ISPR, who released a statement about his trial.
Although Pakistan claims that Jadhav was arrested from Balochistan last year, no concrete evidence has been provide to prove the claim. On the other hand, Indian intelligence officials said Jadhav was kidnapped from Iran last year and there is no clear track of how he ended up in Pakistan.
Pakistan has charged Jadhav with espionage and sabotage against the nation and for harboring illegal activities in Balochistan and Karachi.
An ‘infamous gangster’ Uzair Baloch has also been taken to military custody by Pakistan as he had links to Jadhav – this too is a claim that has no evidence attached to it.
In a tweet, Director-General ISPR Major General Asif Ghafoor, said: “Uzair Baloch taken into military custody under Pakistan Army Act / Official Secret Act – 1923, on charges of espionage (leakage of sensitive security information to foreign intelligence agencies).”
Additionally, he has been accused of providing sensitive information about the country to Iran and India.
It has to be noted that Pakistan prime minister’s advisor to foreign affairs Sartaj Aziz had earlier said that there is no evidence against the Mumbai-based businessman. However, he was quick to change his statement, as witnessed after the judgment when Aziz said that the decision was taken lawfully.
The sudden decision has sparked an outrage among Indians and officials who nailed the nieghbour with hard-hitting statements on Tuesday.
As per information, 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.
Sushwa Swaraj has promised that all contours will be explored to re-unite the ex-navy personnel with his family.
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