Sunday, 21 July 2019

Indian FM warns Pakistan over Kulbhushan death sentence

Kulbhushan Jadhav

NEW DELHI: India has strongly reacted over Pakistan’s decision to award death sentence to Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav. Yesterday, Pakistan Army announced that Jadhav, an Indian who confessed to spying for Indian intelligence, will be executed. Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj on Tuesday assured her country’s lawmakers that New Delhi would go “out of its way” to save sentenced spy Kulbhushan Jadhav from death row in Pakistan. Sushma Swaraj said India will regard this as a “premeditated murder” if Pakistan carries out the death sentence awarded to Jadhav. She said such a move will not come without repercussions. She was speaking in the parliament’s upper house after opposition parties raised the issue. Calling Jadhav “a son of India”, Swaraj issued a warning to Pakistan saying, “I would caution the Pakistani government to consider the consequences for our bilateral relationship if they proceed on this matter.”

“Our position is very clear, there is no evidence of wrongdoing by Kulbhushan Jadhav,” Swaraj told the Rajya Sabha, the upper house of the Indian parliament. Responding to leader of the Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad, Swaraj assured the parliamentarians in the House that the government would not stop at just ensuring Jadhav has the best of lawyers to fight his case in the Pakistan Supreme Court, but that the government of India would go out of its way to ensure he gets the best legal assistance through out. “We will do more. We will take it up with the president Mamnoon Hussain,” she said, claiming that Jadhav was awarded the death sentence on “concocted charges”. “Jadhav was doing a business in Iran and he was abducted and taken to Pakistan. We sought consular access, but were denied,” she claimed. “He is innocent.”

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