Baloch leaders condemn Pak for sentencing Kulbhushan Jadhav to death

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Pakistan on Tuesday justified the death sentence awarded to alleged Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav and said it was capable of protecting itself against external threats.

Union Minister Ramdas Athawale today said Pakistan should revoke the death sentence awarded to former Indian Navy officer Kulbhushan Jadhav and sought the intervention of the United Nations and the USA in the case.

"An innocent Indian citizen is facing death sentence in Pakistan without due process and in violation of basic norms of law, justice and worldwide relations", Sushma Swaraj told both houses of Parliament.

Upping the ante against Pakistan, the Government of India on Thursday accused Islamabad of arresting Kulbhushan Jadhav over false charges of spying as it vowed to bring him back.

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Government of Pakistan states that he is a serving commander-ranked officer in the Indian Navy who was involved in subversive activities inside Pakistan, and was arrested during a counter-intelligence operation in Balochistan.

The spy was awarded death sentence after trial through Field General Court Martial (FGCM) under Pakistan Army Act (PAA).

Jadhavs execution will be taken by India as a “pre-meditated murder” and Pakistan should consider its consequences on bilateral relations, if it proceeds on this matter, Swaraj warned.

The spokesman said he had no information about the alleged abduction of a retired Pakistani military officer in Nepal.

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India had acknowledged that Jadhav had served with the navy but denied that he has any connection with the government.

Mr Jadhav, a retired navy officer, was arrested a year ago and accused by Pakistan of spying and subversive activities in Balochistan.

The minister further said that the trial of Jadhav went for went on "for three months", rejecting rumours that he was hastily convicted.

"We have sufficient evidence against Jadhav and have shared it with the Indian government. Pakistani security agencies kidnapped him and presented him to the military tribunal as an Indian agent".

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