Pakistan today released another video of Kulbhushan Jadhav in which he purportedly claimed that he has not been harmed in custody, prompting a strong reaction from India, which called it a “propagandistic exercise” by Islamabad that simply carried no credibility.
The hard-hitting response by India came after the Pakistan foreign ministry put out a ‘confessional video’ of Jadhav in which he claimed that he is a commissioned officer of the Indian Navy even now and also asked why India was “lying” that he was not working for an intelligence agency.
In the purported video, Jadhav said, “I have to say one thing very important here, for the Indian public, Indian government and the Indian navy, that my commission is not gone. I am a commissioned officer in the Indian navy. Why are you lying about my working for an intelligence agency?”
In a terse response, external affairs ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said,”this does not come as a surprise. Pakistan is simply continuing its practice of putting out coerced statements on video. It is time for them to realise that such propagandistic exercises simply carry no credibility.”
Jadhav was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of espionage and terrorism in April, following which India moved the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in May.
A 10-member bench of the ICJ on May 18 restrained Pakistan from executing Jadhav till adjudication of the case. It is expected to hold another hearing in March or April.