India knows Pakistan has sufficient evidence against Kulbhushan: Abdul Basit

Apr 15, 2017, 01:13
India knows Pakistan has sufficient evidence against Kulbhushan: Abdul Basit

KULBHUSHAN Jadhav, who has been awarded death sentence by a military court in Pakistan on the charges of spying, will not be immediately executed, Defence Minister Khawaja Mohammad Asif has said. Indian government is maintaining that the sentencing was improper.

Replying to the issue in the Lok Sabha during the Question Hour on April 11, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh asserted that the government would do whatever is possible to give justice to Jadhav.

Pakistani routinely accuses India of fomenting trouble in Balochistan and Karachi.

"All India needs to do is to tone down the hawkish stances and come to the table willing to talk Kashmir", it said.

He trashed the secret trial by the Pakistani military court as "completely opaque".

Gopal Baglay, official spokesperson, Ministry of External Affairs, India said on Thursday at a press conference that Pakistan has not yet shared any details about Kulbhushan Jadhav with India.

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Although the accused had been provided with a defending officer as per legal provisions, according to ISPR, Pakistan had turned down India's request seeking consular access to Jadhav past year due to his involvement in "subversive activities" in the country.

Lawmakers from opposition Congress and other parties asked the government to put global pressure on Pakistan to free Jadhav and return him to India. The move prompted sharp criticism by Indian authorities, including the country's Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj who warned Pakistan about the severe consequences of the potential execution for bilateral relations.

India had summoned Abdul Basit on Monday and issued a demarche stating that the death sentence if carried out, would amount to "premeditated murder".

"The EAM also informed the Parliament that Government of Pakistan had approached us this year to access the investigation and this further underlines the insufficiency of evidence", he added.

In the video, Jadhav had said: "I am still a serving officer in the Indian Navy and will be due for retirement in 2022".