Pakistan to execute Indian man accused of spying — “We are trying to exhaust all efforts”

India to Wait and Watch on Jadhav, Banks on Diplomatic Channels

Manoj Gupta, Maha Siddiqui

Updated: April 12, 2017, 10:36 AM IST

India to Wait and Watch on Jadhav, Banks on Diplomatic ChannelsIn this March 29, 2016 photo, journalists look a image of Indian naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhav, who was arrested in March 2016, during a press conference by Pakistan’s army spokesman and the Information Minister, in Islamabad, Pakistan. The army said in a statement Monday, April 10, 2017, that Jadhav was sentenced to death on charges of espionage and sabotage. Pakistan says Jadhav was an Indian intelligence official who aided and financed terrorist activities. (Image: AP Photo)

New Delhi: India will wait for Pakistan government’s response to its protests over death penalty to alleged spy Kulbhushan Jadhav and not react in a hurry, sources have told CNN-News18.

That is because New Delhi is certain that Pakistan will not carry out the hanging sentence immediately as it would exhaust all options available to the neighbouring country.

In the meanwhile India will explore all diplomatic options for saving Jadhav from the death row, sources said, adding that this was also the suggestion given to the government by security agencies.

In a bid to ramp up pressure through mutual friends, India is likely to raise the issue with US National Security Advisor H R McMaster who is visiting New Delhi and Islamabad next week.

Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit has been apparently told to provide the evidence against Jadhav and give him a fair trial following the rules of diplomacy.

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The government is also trying to understand the real reason behind the hurry in which a Pakistan military court sentenced Indian national Jadhav to the gallows for “espionage and subversive activities” and the urgency with which Army Chief Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa confirmed it.

Security agencies are also learnt to have suggested to the government not to deal with the issue through backchannels but to keep pressurising Islamabad through official channels. That is because they feel opening up of backchannels may undermine the Indian position.

Jadhav was arrested reportedly from Balochistan after he entered from Iran in March 2016. He was accused by Pakistan of being a “R&AW (Research and Analysis Wing) agent” and planning “subversive activities” in the country.

The Indian government, on the other hand, believed that he was picked up from Iran.

The case took a turn In December 2016, when Pakistan Foreign Affairs Advisor Sartaj Aziz told the Pakistan Senate that there was not enough evidence against Jadhav.

However, in March, Aziz retracted his statement and ruled out any possibility of extraditing Jadhav back to India.

Aziz told the Senate that Pakistan never said there was any lack of evidence against him. “We have filed an FIR and prepared a case to prosecute Indian state actor for his subversive and terrorist activities in Pakistan,” he said.

Aziz said Islamabad had shared a dossier with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on New Delhi’s involvement in internal affairs of Pakistan, and in subversive and terrorist activities in the country.


Pakistan to execute Indian man accused of spying

Updated 2:09 AM ET, Tue April 11, 2017

Indian national Kulbushan Jadhav is shown in a video during a press briefing in Islamabad in March 2016. Jadhav was sentenced to death this week by a Pakistani military court.

(CNN)  Pakistan has sentenced to death an Indian man accused of spying, further raising tensions between the two countries.

India claims the former naval officer was “kidnapped” from Iran and said his execution would be an act of “premeditated murder.”
Kulbushan Jadhav was arrested in March last year, “for his involvement in espionage and sabotage activities against Pakistan,” according to a statement released by the Pakistan armed forces Monday.
The statement said Jadhav confessed that he was tasked by India’s foreign intelligence agency, the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), to “plan, coordinate and organize espionage / sabotage activities aiming to destabilize and wage war against Pakistan.”
A military court found Jadhav guilty on two counts of espionage and sentenced him to death.
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India has vociferously objected to Jadhav’s sentencing, saying consular officials were denied access to him during his trial, in defiance of international law.
New Delhi urgently summoned Pakistani diplomats Monday to discuss the case.
“Jadhav was kidnapped last year from Iran and his subsequent presence in Pakistan has never been explained credibly,” the Indian foreign ministry said in a statement.
The foreign ministry previously claimed Jadhav, a former naval officer, was operating a business in Iran prior to his arrest in Pakistan.
Monday’s statement said there was no “credible evidence” against Jadhav and described his sentence as “farcical.”
If the sentence is carried out, the statement said, “the government and people of India will regard it as a case of premeditated murder.”
Amnesty International said military courts, which were used in this case, were linked to coerced confessions and unfair trials.
Pakistan executed 87 people last year, making it the world’s fifth biggest executioner, according to an Amnesty report on the global death penalty this week.
Jadhav was charged under the Pakistan Army Act 1952 and the Official Secrets Act 1923, both of which provide for the death penalty.
Espionage has long been a tense subject between Pakistan and India. In 2013, Sarabjit Singh, an Indian man sentenced to death for spying, died in a Pakistan jail after being attacked by fellow inmates.
More than 40 alleged Pakistani spies have been arrested in India since 2013, according to the government.
While India does retain the death penalty, and hundreds of people were sentenced last year, only three executions have been carried out since 2007, according to Amnesty.

‘Headed for crisis’

Talat Hussain, an Islamabad-based defense analyst said Jadhav’s sentence could have “a very major impact” on the India-Pakistan relationship and further aggravate ties.
“I think we are heading for a major crisis,” he said. “This will not bode well for both the countries and the region.”
Tensions between India and Pakistan have increased in recent months over continued violence in the disputed region of Kashmir, control of which both countries claim.
In November, Pakistan evacuated thousands of people from the parts of Kashmir administered by Islamabad, blaming “Indian shelling.” That came after an attack by militants on an Indian army base left 18 soldiers dead.
Last month, Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh called for the country to completely seal its border with Pakistan on the grounds that terrorists were using it to infiltrate the country.

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