Not in position to judge Jadhav's case: United Nations

The army chief chaired a meeting of the Corps Commanders today in General Headquarters

The army chief chaired a meeting of the Corps Commanders today in General Headquarters

Jadhav was reportedly arrested in March previous year in Balochistan, for allegedly being an Indian spy responsible for fuelling Baloch separatist movement. The defence minister of Islamabad, Khwaja Asif has said that Kulbhushan Jadhav has full right for appeal within 60 days.

A military court in Pakistan earlier this week found Jadhav guilty on two counts of espionage and sentenced him to death. There are glaring holes in the procedures followed by Pakistan's government and military in the investigation and trial of Mr. Jadhav. In December, Sartaj Aziz, the Pakistani prime minister's adviser on foreign affairs, said that a dossier he had seen on Jadhav contained "insufficient evidence" regarding his status as a spy in Pakistan. One with Hindu and other a Muslim name?

As is widely known, Kalbushan Jhadav alias, Hussain Mubarak Patel, a serving Commander of Indian Navy, and working with the Indian Intelligence Agency/RAW was apprehended on March 3, 2016 after he illegally crossed over into Pakistan from the Saravan border in Iran. His last option was to file a mercy petition with the President of Pakistan within 90 days after the decision of the army chief.

Pakistan imported goods worth Dollars 1.8 billion in 2015-16 compared to the exports of just USD 400 million, the SBP report added. Army chief General Qamar Bajwa, who was briefed about the progress on Jadhav's case, presided over the meeting, the ISPR said.

Swaraj dismissed Jadhav's trial as a farce and said Pakistan had ignored 13 separate requests in the past year to be permitted to offer him consular services.

The Indian government reacted strongly to the development saying if the sentence were to be carried out it would be considered as "pre-meditated murder".

On Thursday, India had criticised the Pakistan Government for not sharing Jadhav's location and details of his condition and said that the worldwide norm to provide consular access was not followed.

Jadhav was arrested in March a year ago, "for his involvement in espionage and sabotage activities against Pakistan", according to the Pakistani military.

Aziz said that a law qualified field officer was provided to defend Jadhav throughout the court proceedings. "We demand that the Indian spy who is involved in playing with lives of Pakistanis should not be spared and the government (should) ensure his hanging", he said.

Meanwhile, India has rejected Aziz's claim of not responding to information sought on Jadhav. VK Singh, minister of state in the ministry of external affairs, said: "If Kulbhushan Jadhav had a valid Indian visa, then how can he be a spy?"

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