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India Must Drum up International Support Over Jadhav Sentencing: Tharoor

Senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor on Tuesday said New Delhi should send a strong message to Pakistan on a bilateral level over the death penalty to Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav.

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Updated:April 11, 2017, 7:32 PM IST
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New Delhi: Senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor on Tuesday said New Delhi should send a strong message to Pakistan on a bilateral level over the death penalty to Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav.

Tharoor told CNN-News18 in an interview that all political parties in the country stood united on saving Jadhav who was accused of espionage and sentenced to the gallows by a Pakistani military court.

However, the Thiruvananthapuram MP also said that Indian government didn't have a concrete strategy to deal with Pakistan on the case, and that the Pakistan military court's decision had caught them by surprise.

Denouncing Pakistan Defence Minister Khwaja Asif's remarks, Tharoor said that his remarks were tragic and the act of sentencing Jadhav to death was in "violation of Vienna Convention and Geneva Conventions." "We have to drum up support from the international community as it is an assault on the international law, too."

Pakistan defence minister on Tuesday attacked India, saying "premeditated murder" - a phrase India used to describe the entire episode - was happening in Kashmir and Gujarat. The 2007 Samjhauta Express bombing was another case he cited.

Asif also alleged that Kulbhushan was originally from the Indian Navy. "Espionage case was registered against him three months ago and he was trying to destabilise the political situation in Pakistan," he alleged, adding that Kulbhushan was proven guilty and sentenced to death.



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