Kulbhushan Jadhav sentencing: Indian envoy to meet Pakistan foreign secretary

Posted April 17, 2017

India conveyed to Pakistan that it was not prepared to host a delegation of Pakistan Maritime security agency that was scheduled to travel to India on Sunday.

The India-Pakistan relations hit a new low when a Pakistani military court condemned a suspected Indian spy to death sentence for attempting to foment unrest in Pakistan's restive Balochistan province.

Aziz claimed Jadhav was a serving Commander of Indian Navy working with Indian intelligence agency RAW. He was, apparently, found in possession of a valid Indian passport and he has also confessed to being a resident of Mumbai and that his retirement is due in 2022.

According to a copy of the classified dossier obtained by The Indian Express, there was no evidence that the Karachi-based criminal network, which was alleged to have links with Jadhav, was providing arms to Baloch insurgents. It has urged the Pakistan Supreme Court to ensure a free and fair trial for Jadhav by seeing to it that he is provided adequate legal assistance. "Under these circumstances, we have no choice but to regard the sentence, if carried out, as an act of pre-meditated murder", External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj warned in Parliament.

The adviser said Jadhav's "confessional statement" had been recorded before a magistrate and the proceedings were conducted under proper laws.

Earlier on Saturday (April 15), India marked its protest against the verdict by suspending maritime talks with Pakistan.

Jadhav's death penalty has worsened ties that have been frosty since last year's attack by Pakistani terrorists on an army camp in Kashmir's Uri, in which 19 military personnel were killed. "This is a sign of things to come if Pakistan doesn't address concerns raised by India over Jadhav", said a top government official. However, Janjua said since it was a case of espionage, consular access couldn't be granted.

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Sartaj Aziz slammed the "inflammatory statements and rhetoric of premeditated murder" raised by the Indian government.

"Why was Jadhav using a fake name in his identity documents", Aziz asked.

"Jhadav was provided with a legal counsel in accordance with provisions of our law".

According to the Pakistani CD, Jadhav said he was trying to cross over into Pakistan from the Saravan border in Iran on March 3, 2016, when he was captured by Pakistani authorities.

Pakistan has put the blame back on India for its decision to deny consular access saying New Delhi had failed to respond to a letter of assistance seeking information and access to witnesses that Islamabad had shared with it on January 23. "There has been no response from the Indian side so far". "So, my first demand was to provide us the details of the charge-sheet and copy of the verdict", he said. He can file an appeal to the army chief within 60 days against the decision of the Appellate Court.

"He was part of sabotage and terrorism in which civilians and security personnel were killed", he claimed. The document will be sent to United Nations and other global organizations.