It has been revealed that Pakistan government came to know about the death sentence verdict given to the alleged “Indian spy” Kulbhushan Singh Jadhav at the same time as India on April 10.
As per a Times of India report, the verdict on the 46-year-old ex-navy personnel by a Pak military court was kept secret and details about his trail were not even shared with the Pakistan civilian government.
The judgment came to the fore at large when Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s adviser on foreign affairs Sartaj Aziz read out a statement giving details on the matter. Aziz was clearly a messenger used by the army to pass on the message to both Indian and Pakistani governments.
Since the arbitrary verdict was announced, relations between the two neighbouring nations have taken a huge blow as India has planned to curb visas for Pakistan nationals, as all its pleas to gain consular access to the captured businessman had been rejected.
India has sent a total of 13 note verbales to Pakistan to get consular access to Jadhav but in vain. In fact, Pakistan did not even respond to Indian High Commissioner to Islamabad Gautam Bambawale who on Friday again appealed to Pakistan Foreign Affairs Minister Tehmina Janjua to grant consular access to Jadhav.
Not only did Pakistan deny consular access to Jadhav, but they have also warned lawyers against offering Jadhav assistance in the case, threatening than with revoking practice licenses.
If that is not enough, Aziz, the same man who had said that there is no “conclusive evidence” against the Indian “spy”, warned India to “behave responsibly” and not issue inflammatory statements.
Not the first time
The fact that the Pakistani army took this decision without keeping the civilian government of the country in loop can prove dangerous, as it has been observed in past instances, espcially in 1999.
Days before the Kargil war broke out in 1999 between the nations, Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Shari signed the Lahore Declaration and both the leaders vowed to forget the bitter history between the two nations and to forge new friendly ties.
However, the then Pakistan Military head General Parvez Musharraf along with a few others senior army officials secretly ordered troops to march towards the empty bunkers left unattended by the Indian army due to harsh weather conditions in the Kargil sector, and capture some of the highest military points on Indian terrain.
Several battalions of Pakistani army’s Northern Light Infantry – under the guise of the Mujahideen – crossed the Line of Control and occupoed 132 key positions across 130 square kilometres.
While ‘Operation Vijay’ – the operation to claim back the Kargil sector – was a success, the price that Indian army had to pay was unprecedented; several newly commissioned officers died brutally.
Not only was Sharif kept in the dark about such an attack but he was not even allowed to intervene until it was looking gloomy for the Pakistani army. This also came in the backdrop of the Shimla Agreement, stating that no armed conflict should take place at the borders between the two nations.
Ties falling apart
In the present day too, the attempts to forge a friendly relation with the neighbours have fallen apart on several occasions.
Though India believed that a new a new army chief would be beneficial in patching up the wounds left behind by URI and the uncountable number of ceasefire violations, the opposite has been witnessed.
With the Jadhav verdict, it can be clearly seen that the situation has remained unchanged and the Pakistani military’s secretive nature still continues to disrupt attempts to bolster ties between the two nations.
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