Published On : Tue, Apr 11th, 2017

Cong, Sena move motion on Kulbhushan Jadhav in Lok Sabha

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New Delhi: The Congress and the Shiv Sena have moved a motion in the Lok Sabha on the Kulbhushan Jadhav issue. The Indian national is to be sentenced to death by Pakistan on charges of being a Research and Analysis Wing spy.
The Congress will also raise the Kashmir unrest issue in the LS.

India on Monday summoned Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit and issued a demarche against Pakistani military court for awarding death sentence to Jadhav.

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said the Indian High Commission in Islamabad was not even informed about Jadhav’s trial in the court.

The ministry added that the subsequent presence of Jadhav, who was kidnapped last year from Iran, has never been explained credibly 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. Senior Pakistani figures have themselves cast doubt about the adequacy of the evidence,” an official release stated.

“The claim in the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) release that Jadhav was provided with a defending officer during the so-called trial is clearly absurd in the circumstances,” it added.

The Ministry said the Indian Government, through its High Commission in Islamabad, repeatedly sought consular access to Jadhav, as provided for by the international law.

“Requests to that effect were formally made 13 times between March 25, 2016 and March 31, 2017. This was not permitted by the Pakistani authorities,” it said.”If this sentence against an Indian citizen, awarded without observing basic norms of law and justice, is carried out, the Government and people of India will regard it as a case of premeditated murder,” it read.

Earlier, Jadhav was given the death sentence by the Pakistan Military, its media wing the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a statement.Jadhav was arrested on March 3, 2016 through an operation in Balochistan’s Mashkel area for his alleged involvement in espionage and sabotage activities against Pakistan, the ISPR said.