Islamabad/New Delhi, April 10: Pakistan on Monday announced that Indian ‘spy’ Kulbhushan Jadhav, arrested in March 2016, has been sentenced to death for espionage and waging war against Islamabad.
India reacted angrily, saying Jadhav had been sentenced to die “without observing basic norms of law and justice” and if this was carried out, it would amount to “premeditated murder”.
If he was hanged, “the government and people of India will regard it as a case of premeditated murder”.
The demarche said Jadhav was kidnapped last year from Iran “and his subsequent presence in Pakistan has never been explained credibly”.
It said the Indian High Commission in Islamabad had sought consular access to Jadhav 13 times between March 25, 2016 and March 31, 2017. This was not permitted by the Pakistani authorities.
“The proceedings that have led to the sentence against Jadhav are farcical in the absence of any credible evidence against him.
“It is significant that our High Commission was not even informed that Jadhav was being brought to trial.
“Senior Pakistani figures have themselves cast doubt about the adequacy of evidence.
“The claim … that Jadhav was provided with a defending officer during the so-called trial is clearly absurd in the circumstances.”
Indian officials say Jadhav was once with the Navy and that he was engaged in business in Iran when he was abducted by Pakistani intelligence agencies.
New Delhi has repeatedly denied Islamabad’s charges of involvement in insurgent activities in Balochistan, Pakistan’s biggest province which has a border with Iran.
Hanging Jadhav will be premeditated murder: India
India on Monday said that if Pakistan hanged alleged Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav, it will be considered “a case of premeditated murder”.
This was stated in a demarche Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar handed over to Pakistan’s High Commissioner Abdul Basit.
An official statement said the sentence against Jadhav, who Islamabad says was an Indian intelligence agent, was “awarded without observing basic norms of law and justice”.
If the sentence “is carried out, the government and people of India will regard it as a case of premeditated murder”, it said.
The Pakistani military announced earlier that Jadhav had been sentenced to death for waging war against Pakistan.