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Keep Ties in Mind Before Hanging Kulbhushan Jadhav, Sushma Warns Pak

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Tuesday warned Pakistan of consequences on diplomatic relations if death sentence on Kulbhushan Jadhav is carried out.

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Updated:April 11, 2017, 1:25 PM IST
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New Delhi: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Tuesday warned Pakistan of consequences on diplomatic relations if death sentence on Kulbhushan Jadhav is carried out.

Speaking in the Rajya Sabha, Swaraj said, “We will go out of the way to get justice for Jadhav, he is a son of India.”

She went on to say that charges against Jadhav are "concocted" and "farcical". “There is no evidence of wrongdoing by him,” she said.

Earlier in the day, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said India condemns the death sentence by a Pakistani military court to Jadhav.

Speaking in the Lok Sabha, Singh assured that government will do everything to get justice for Jadhav.

While condemning the action, Singh said that Pakistan had ignored all norms of law and justice.

Also Read: Be Ready to Face Fallout of Kulbhushan Jadhav's Sentence, Says Pakistan Media

"The government strongly condemns it. All norms of law and justice were ignored. I want to assure the House that the government will do everything possible to get justice for Jadhav. He will get justice," he said.

Jadhav was arrested reportedly from Balochistan after he entered from Iran in March 2016. He was accused by Pakistan of being a "R&AW (Research and Analysis Wing) agent” and planning "subversive activities" in the country.

Also Read: Pakistan Should be Warned of Consequences of Executing Jadhav: Subramanian Swamy

The Indian government, on the other hand, believed that he was picked up from Iran.

The case took a turn In December 2016, when Pakistan Foreign Affairs Advisor Sartaj Aziz told the Pakistan Senate that there was not enough evidence against Jadhav.

Also Read: Govt Should Ensure Death Sentence Awarded to Jadhav Not Carried Out: Sarabjit's Sister

However, in March, Aziz retracted his statement and ruled out any possibility of extraditing Jadhav back to India.

Aziz told the Senate that Pakistan never said there was any lack of evidence against him. "We have filed an FIR and prepared a case to prosecute Indian state actor for his subversive and terrorist activities in Pakistan," he said.

Aziz said Islamabad had shared a dossier with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on New Delhi's involvement in internal affairs of Pakistan, and in subversive and terrorist activities in the country.

(with PTI inputs)

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| Edited by: Ashish Yechury
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