Consider consequences of Jadhav death sentence on ties: Sushma tell Pakistan
New Delhi: India on Tuesday cautioned Pakistan over the consequences on bilateral ties if it went ahead with former Indian Navy officer Kulbhushan Jadhav’s death sentence.
“I would caution the Pakistan government to consider the consequences for our bilateral relationship if they proceed on this matter,” External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj told the Rajya Sabha, assuring that the Indian government “will go out of the way to save him (Jadhav)”.
“There is no evidence of any wrongdoing by Kulbhushan Jadhav. This is an act of premeditated murder,” Sushma Swaraj said.
She said the government would appeal to the Supreme Court of Pakistan and would petition the President of the country to save “the son of the nation”.
The matter was raised in the house with opposition and the treasury benches jointly expressing solidarity with Jadhav, who was awarded the capital punishment by a Pakistani Field General Court Martial. Army chief General Qamar Javed has confirmed the sentencing.
Jadhav was arrested on March 3, 2016, reportedly in Balochistan. He has been accused of “involvement in espionage and sabotage activities against Pakistan”.
Meanwhile, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said that New Delhi will do everything required to secure justice for Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav, who has been sentenced to death in Pakistan.
“We condemn this act of Pakistan. I would like to assure the house that whatever needs to be done to provide justice to Jadhav, we will do,” Rajnath Singh told the Lok Sabha.
Singh said that Pakistan ignored “basic norms of law and justice” in sentencing Jadhav.
According to Singh, Jadhav was kidnapped from Tehran and cannot be a spy as claimed by Pakistan.
“Jadhav was produced as an Indian spy in front of the Pakistani media,” Singh said.
“Pakistan has said a valid Indian passport has been found from Jadhav. If he was having a valid passport, how can he be a spy? This question does not arise,” the minister said.
A Pakistan Army statement on Monday said Jadhav was arrested from Balochistan on March 3, 2016, and charged with “espionage and waging war against Pakistan”.
Singh said that Jadhav, whose family lives in Mumbai, had gone to Iran for business purposes and was kidnapped by Pakistan.
A Pakistani statement described Jadhav, who allegedly used the alias Hussein Mubarak Patel, as an Indian Naval officer attached to the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW).