Pakistan says it has followed rule of law while sentencing Indian citizen Kulbhushan Jadhav to death over alleged “espionage” activities, but its lies over the case have been completely exposed. There is a serious doubt on the narrative that it has presented.
Jadhav was arrested in March 2016 from Iran and kept in captivity by Pakistan, and 9 months later on December 7, 2016, Pakistan Prime Minister’s Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz told Pakistan Parliament that there is not enough evidence to proceed against Jadhav.
Here lies the doubt that when there is not enough evidence even after 9 months after his arrest to legally proceed against him, how Pakistani military court sentenced him to death in just 4 hearings.
The third date of the hearing of the trial was on November 29, 2016 and one more hearing after that Jadhav was sentenced to death.
Serious doubts on Pakistan
Pakistan has turned down many a time India’s request for consular access to Kulbushan Jadhav.
External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Gopal Baglay criticised the Pakistan government for not sharing Jadhav’s location and details of his condition.
India, which has been denied consular access to Jadhav 13 times.
Pakistan has violated international norm on consular access when India and Pakistan have a bilateral agreement on consular access.
India has no knowledge of former navy officer Kulbhushan Jadhav’s location in Pakistan or his condition.
Pakistan has failed to arrange legal assistance and a lawywer to Jadhav.
Though Pakistan Defence Minister Khawaja Asif said in the Senate, upper house of parliament, that Jadhav has the right to appeal against his death sentence within 60 days, today Lahore High Court bar association (LHBA) barred lawyers from defending Jadhav.
Shocking kangaroo trial by Pakistan
India has condemned Pakistan over the sham trial of Kulbhushan Jadhav.
Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar on April 10 summoned Pakistan High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit and gave a demarche, which said the proceedings that have led to the sentence against Jadhav are “farcical in the absence of any credible evidence” against him.
The trial of Jadhav was “opaque and farcical”, no due process was followed and all legal norms and international relations were defied.
Pakistan Defence Minister Khawaja Asif said that the trial of Jadhav went for went on “for three months”.
India’s fresh demands before Pakistan:
India today (April 14) sought Pakistan a copy of the judgement awarding death sentence to Jadhav.
India has also sought a copy of the judgement order passed by Pakistani military court.
If Pak has nothing to hide, why is it denying consular access to Jadhav?
India, which has been denied consular access to Jadhav 13 times, has again moved a request for access to him.
India’s warning to Pakistan, firm on getting back Jadhav safely
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj speaking in the Rajya Sabha had warned Pakistan of consequences of Jadhav’s issue on bilateral ties.
India says it will consider this as a “premeditated murder” in the absence of any credible evidence to substantiate the charges against him.
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj made a statement in both the Houses of Parliament, asserting that India will go “out of way” to ensure justice to Jadhav who is an “innocent kidnapped Indian”.
Jadhav’s execution will be taken by India as a “pre-meditated murder” and Pakistan should consider its consequences on bilateral relations, if it proceeds on this matter, Swaraj warned.
External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Gopal Baglay said the government will not spare any effort in securing justice for the “kidnapped innocent” Indian national.
What Pak says on Jadhav:
Pakistan claims its security forces had arrested Jadhav from Balochistan province on March 3 2016 after he reportedly entered from Iran.
Pakistan has alleged that Jadhav was a serving officer in the Indian Navy and deputed to the Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW).
The Pakistan Army had also released a “confessional video” of Jadhav after his arrest.
What India has been maintaining about Jadhav:
India has been maintaining that Jadhav, who had legal business interest in Iran, was kidnapped by Pakistan authorities.
India has acknowledged that Jadhav served with the navy but denied he has any connection with the government.
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