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In Rare Bipartisan Support, Tharoor Helps Govt Draft Statement on Jadhav

In a show of rare bipartisan cooperation, Congress MP Shashi Tharoor on Tuesday helped the government draft a statement on the death sentence handed to Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav in Pakistan.

Pallavi Ghosh | CNN-News18_pallavighosh

Updated:April 11, 2017, 4:49 PM IST

New Delhi: In a show of rare bipartisan cooperation, Congress MP Shashi Tharoor on Tuesday helped the government draft a statement on the death sentence handed to Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav in Pakistan.

The statement, which may be moved as a resolution in the Lok Sabha later, will be vetted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other major parties.

This is not the first time the Thiruvananthapuram MP helped the BJP-led government draft a statement. Being a former United Nations diplomat, Tharoor had lent his expertise to draft a statement on 26/11 attacks mastermind Zaki-ur Rehman Lakhvi.

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Speaking on the issue, Tharoor said that while India has always preferred not to internationalise its relations with Pakistan, it is time New Delhi tells the world that tomorrow one of their citizens can face a similar fate in Pakistan.

Earlier in the day, parliamentarians in both Houses cut across party lines to slam Pakistan over the death sentence, with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj warning Islamabad to consider bilateral ties before carrying out the sentence.

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While condemning the action, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said in the Lok Sabha that Pakistan had ignored all norms of law and justice. "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.

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However, leader of the Congress in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge wondered why the government remained silent on the issue. His remarks attracted the ire of BJP members who said the government was condemning the incident.

"Without an invitation, you can attend a marriage, but you cannot meet him or talk to him on the issue," Kharge said referring to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's decision to visit Pakistan to attend the marriage of Nawaz Sharif's daughter near Lahore.

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| Edited by: Nitya Thirumalai
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