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So-called Indian spy to hang

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Islamabad: Pakistan has today decided to hang Kulbhushan Jadhav, the former Navy officer who had turned a businessman before landing in that country via Iran and getting caught by the Pakistani authorities who suspected he was an Indian spy.

Jadhav was arrested on 3 March 2016 in Chaman of Balochistan along Pakistan’s border with Afghanistan. A Field General Court Martial (FGCM) in Pakistan sentenced Jadhav. Pakistan’s General Qamar Javed has approved of the sentence.

From Wikipedia

According to the Pakistani government, on 3 March 2016, Jadhav was arrested inside Balochistan in Mashkel near the border region of Chaman, having made illegal entry into Pakistan via Iran. He was arrested during a counterintelligence raid conducted by security forces. Pakistani security forces reported Jadhav as a serving officer in the Indian Navy and asserted that he was commissioned to the Research and Analysis Wing, India’s external intelligence agency. They believed him to be involved in subversive activities in Balochistan and Karachi. Jadhav was shifted to Islamabad for interrogation.

Balochistan Home Minister Sarfraz Bugti said that Jadhav was working for RAW and was in contact with Baloch separatists and terrorists fuelling sectarian violence in the province and the country. He further added that he was involved in financially supporting terrorists and admitted his involvements in Karachi’s unrest.[28] Interrogation of the intelligence operative also revealed that naval combat training was being conferred to Baloch separatists, in an attempt to target the ports of Gwadar and Karachi. Pakistani authorities stated that Jadhav, during his interrogation, gave details about his funding, and plans to destabilise the country. They added that Jadhav also disclosed the presence of other Indian intelligence operatives in the southern metropolis.

During the joint conference held by the army and the government, Jadhav’s video confession was made public. Asim Bajwa told that Jadhav converted to Islam, adopted a false identity and worked at Gadani under the cover of a scrap dealer. He stated that Jadhav established a network of operatives, provided funds, and arranged to smuggle people into the country for the purpose of terrorism. He said that Jadhav told the interrogators to use a code phrase – “your monkey is with us” – to inform his handlers and the Indian authorities about his arrest. Asim also claimed to have confiscated maps from him. He enunciated that there could be no clearer evidence of foreign interference in Pakistan. He termed the arrest of an intelligence or an armed forces officer of his rank a big achievement.

India’s reaction

The Indian Ministry of External Affairs stated that Jadhav was an Indian Navy officer who retired prematurely, but he has no link with the government since his retirement. The Indian High Commission has also sought to Jadhav but Pakistan has not agreed to it. According to Indian sources, Jadhav was abducted by Pakistan’s forces from the Iran–Pakistan border and Pakistan fabricated his documents and leaked them without realising there were glaring inconsistencies in the same. According to sections of Indian media, the Sunni group Jaish ul-Adl is responsible for the kidnapping of Jadhav from the Iran–Pakistan border.

According to Indian officials, Jadhav owns a cargo business in Iran and had been working out of Bandar Abbas and ports. “It appears that he strayed into Pakistani waters. But there is also a possibility that he was lured into Pakistan sometime back and fake documents were created on him by the ISI.”  Pakistan has previously raised concerns over the involvement of foreign elements in terrorist activities in its territory but this was the first instance of India acknowledging the arrest across the border of an individual associated with its armed forces.

Based on reports published in The Express Tribune, Dawn, The Indian Express, The New York Times, Zee News, The New Indian Express and India Today

Reacting to the development, Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar summoned Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit and issued a dEmarche that said that the proceedings that had led to the sentencing of the alleged Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav were farcical as there was no credible evidence against him. “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,” the MEA said in the demarche.

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