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Kulbhushan Case: In Response, India Stops Release of Dozen Pak Prisoners

A military court in Pakistan has sentenced Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav to death for alleged involvement in "spying" and "subversive activities".

News18.com | April 11, 2017, 20:41 IST
A military court in Pakistan has sentenced Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav to death for alleged involvement in "spying" and "subversive activities".

In response, the external affairs ministry has issued a demarche to Pakistan stating: "If basic norms of law and justice are not observed, government and people of India will regard it as premeditated murder."
Apr 11, 2017 20:41 (IST)

Former Pakistani military ruler Pervez Musharraf on Kubhushan Jadhav:
* Generally, in case of espionage,  consular access is not given
* Kulbhusan can appeal in Military Appellate Tribunal and appeal in any Pakistan court

Apr 11, 2017 20:29 (IST)

View within the NDA govt is to send a very strong message to Pakistan if anything happens to Kulbhushan Jadhav

Apr 11, 2017 20:28 (IST)

Back channels have been activated to reach out to top authorities in Pakistan to secure the release of Kulbhushan Jadhav from jail.

Apr 11, 2017 20:27 (IST)

Pakistani Foreign ministry establishment was clueless about the military court's move to hang alleged Indian spy Kulbhushan Yadav

Apr 11, 2017 20:27 (IST)

NSA Ajit Doval is personally monitoring developments on Kulbhushan Jadhav case, says a source.

Apr 11, 2017 20:22 (IST)

NSA Ajit Doval is personally monitoring developments on Kulbhushan Jadhav case, says source

Apr 11, 2017 20:21 (IST)

Even if he has justified the death penalty awarded to Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav, Pakistan Defence Minister Khawaja Asif says:
* Jadhav has right to appeal against his death sentence within 60 days
* Kulbhushan Yadav is an Indian and a retired naval officer
* Yadav was spying for India and stoking violence in Balochistan
* He was proven guilty and given death sentence

Apr 10, 2017 20:00 (IST)

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Swamy comments came in reaction to the Pakistan army chief approving execution of Jadhav for his

Apr 10, 2017 19:57 (IST)

India on Monday sid Jadhav had been sentenced to die "without observing basic norms of law and justice".
* A brief ISPR statement described Jadhav, who allegedly used the alias Hussein Mubarak Patel, as an Indian Naval officer attached to the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW).
* Indian Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar summoned Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit and handed him a demarche.
* If Jadhav is hanged, "the government and people of India will regard it as a case of premeditated murder".
* The demarche said Jadhav was kidnapped last year from Iran "and his subsequent presence in Pakistan has never been explained credibly".
* The Indian High Commission in Islamabad had sought consular access to Jadhav 13 times between March 25, 2016 and March 31, 2017. This was not permitted 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 evidence.
* The claim ... that Jadhav was provided with a defending officer during the so-called trial is clearly absurd in the circumstances.

Apr 10, 2017 19:53 (IST)

Pakistan army said in a statement on Monday, April 10, 2017, that Kulbhushan Jadhav Jadhav (in pic) was sentenced to death on charges of espionage and sabotage. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)

Apr 10, 2017 19:47 (IST)

Pakistan's Foreign Minister Sartaj Aziz had on December 7, 2016 said that there was not enough evidence against "spy" Kulbhushan Yadav.
* It is not that material has been provided and it is lacking in English and we are overcoming it
* The material, in our view, was insufficient
* What the dossier contained on Indian spy Kulbhushan Yadav were mere statements. It did not have any conclusive evidence
* Now, it is up to the concerned authorities how long they take to give us more on the agent

Apr 10, 2017 19:40 (IST)

Pakistan's Defence Minister Khawaja Asif on Monday defended the country's move to hang alleged Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav.
* The death sentence handed out to Jadhav should serve as a "warning to those plotting" against Pakistan"
* Those plotting against Pakistan will not be spared
* Jadhav's sentencing by a military court has been done according to the law of the country
* Jadhav's "confession" was a public document and if India raises the issue of his death sentence, Islamabad will reply to New Delhi

Apr 10, 2017 18:57 (IST)

Pakistan thinks, there is a link between Jadhav’s death sentence and missing retd Pakistani Army officer from Nepal.
* Retired Pakistan Army officer, Lt Col Mohammad Habib, who reportedly went missing on April 6 from Lumbini in Nepal, is believed to be trigger behind Kulbhusan Jadhav’s death sentence.
* Pakistan believes that India is responsible for Lt Col Habib's abduction and he is in the custody of Indian authorities.
* Lt Col Habib's disappearance came to light only on Sunday after media picked up the chatter on WhatsApp groups.
* Lt Col Habib was working in a private firm since his retirement in 2014.
* Lt Col Habib was in Nepal for appearing for a job interview. He had flown from Lahore to Kathmandu on Thursday and later in the day flew to Lumbini.
* Lt Col Habib had sent his family a photo after his landing and told them he had safely reached his destination. His family and friends later said they couldn't get in touch with him as the local number he had called from was no longer active.
* Habib’s family reported his disappearance to the Pakistani foreign ministry after being unable to get in touch with him.
* Pakistani Foreign Office spokesperson Nafees Zakaria said the Pakistani embassy is in contact with Nepalese  authorities.

Apr 10, 2017 18:35 (IST)
Apr 10, 2017 18:33 (IST)

Speaking on Kulbhushan Jadhav death sentence, former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif told CNN-News18:
Why should we give consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav
* Initially, India didn't accept Jadhav as its citizen
* Several (Pakistani) spies are also languishing in Indian jails without even trial
* We can't hand over any such person back to India

Apr 10, 2017 18:29 (IST)
Apr 10, 2017 18:29 (IST)

India has issued a demarche to Pakistan over death sentence handed over to Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav by the neighbouring country's military court.
* It is significant that our High Commission was not even informed that Kulbhushan Jadhav was being brought to trial: MEA in demarche to Pakistan
* If basic norms of law and justice are not observed Government and people of India will regard it as premeditated murder: MEA in demarche to Pakistan on Jadhav
* Foreign Secretary summoned Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit and issued the demarche saying proceedings that led to sentence of Kulbhushan Jadhav are farcical.

Apr 10, 2017 18:21 (IST)
Apr 10, 2017 18:14 (IST)

Speaking on Kulbhushan Jadhav death issue, former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif told CNN-News18:
* Any espionage cases have to be tried in military court, this is what the law is in Pakistan.
* Why does India not compare this case to Kasab?
* Such kind of trials do not function like normal civilian courts.
* Kulbhushan Jadhav was tried by a field general court martial, I don't see an issue here.
* Many Pakistani people have also been sentenced to death by the military court.
* We can hang any one according to our law, he was caught in Pakistan soil.

Apr 10, 2017 18:07 (IST)

Govt Should Ensure Death Sentence Against Jadhav Not Carried Out: Sarabjit's Sister Dalbir Kaur

Dalbir Kaur, the sister of Sarabjit Singh, who died in a Pakistan jail in 2013, has said that India should approach the International Court of Justice and ensure that the death sentence awarded to Kulbhushan Jadhav by Pakistani establishment is not carried out.

Apr 10, 2017 17:54 (IST)

In this March 29, 2016 photo, journalists look at the image of Kulbhushan Jadhav, who was arrested in March 2016, during a press conference by Pakistan's army spokesman and the Information Minister, in Islamabad. The army said in a statement on Monday, April 10, 2017, that Jadhav was sentenced to death on charges of espionage and sabotage. Pakistan says Jadhav was an Indian intelligence official who aided and financed terrorist activities. (AP Photo)

Apr 10, 2017 17:52 (IST)

In a tit-for-tat measure, India decides not to release about a dozen Pakistani prisoners who were to be repatriated on Wednesday.

Apr 10, 2017 17:51 (IST)

India issues demarche to Pakistan High Commissioner on Kulbhushan Jadhav's death sentence. Pakistan army's decision on Monday is expected to further strain the ties between India and Pakistan.

Apr 10, 2017 17:51 (IST)

Government should ensure that death sentence against Kulbhushan Jadhav by Pakistani establishment is not carried out, says Sarabjit's sister Dalbir Kaur

Apr 10, 2017 17:50 (IST)

The development could further strain the India-Pakistan ties which were hit after attacks in Pathankot and Uri by Pakistan-based terrorists last year.

Apr 10, 2017 17:49 (IST)

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

Apr 10, 2017 17:49 (IST)

Pakistan claims its security forces had arrested Jadhav from the restive Balochistan province on March 3 last year after he reportedly entered from Iran. It also claimed that he was "a serving officer in the Indian Navy." The Pakistan Army had also released a "confessional video" of Jadhav.

Apr 10, 2017 17:49 (IST)

According to the army statement, Jadhav, a commander in the Indian Navy, "confessed" before a Magistrate and the court that he was "tasked by RAW to plan, coordinate and organise espionage/sabotage activities aiming to destabilise and wage war against Pakistan by impeding the efforts of Law Enforcement Agencies for restoring peace in Balochistan and Karachi."

Apr 10, 2017 17:48 (IST)

The death sentence to 46-year-old Jadhav was confirmed by army chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa after the Field General Court Martial (FGCM) found him guilty of "all the charges", said the military's media wing Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR).

Apr 10, 2017 17:41 (IST)

Pakistan's powerful army chief on Monday approved Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav's execution after a military court sentenced him to death in a secret trial for alleged involvement in "espionage and sabotage activities" in restive Balochistan and Karachi.

Kulbhushan Case: In Response, India Stops Release of Dozen Pak Prisoners
A TV grab of Kulbhushan Jadhav.

India has also stopped the release of around a dozen Pakistani prisoners who were going to be released by authorities day after tomorrow.

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