India to appeal against Jadhav's death sentence, seeks charge-sheet: Envoy

Apr 15, 2017, 01:34
India to appeal against Jadhav's death sentence, seeks charge-sheet: Envoy

The Indian naval officer was arrested in Balochistan a year ago.

Kulbhushan Jadhav, an Indian citizen who was arrested in Pakistan past year, was found by the Pakistani court to have undertaken "activities aiming to destabilize and wage war against Pakistan by impeding the efforts of Law Enforcement Agencies for restoring peace in Balochistan and Karachi".

Growing by 14 percent, exports from Pakistan to India amounted to Dollars 286 million in July-February. The fact that Kulbhushan is innocent and has been framed is borne out of the truth that Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif's foreign policy advisor Sartaj Aziz has told the Pakistani senate that there is no proof against Kulbhushan. His last option was to file a mercy petition with the President of Pakistan within 90 days after the decision of the army chief.

"We would definitely go to appeal against the judgement but we can not do it unless we have the details of charges and the copy of verdict". However, Janjua said that since this was allegedly a case of espionage, consular access could not be granted.

External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Gopal Baglay, fielding a slew of questions, also said India has no knowledge of where Kulbhushan Jadhav has been kept in Pakistan or his condition due to Islamabad's refusal to provide consular access to him.

Indian High Commissioner Gautam Bambawale will meet Pakistan Foreign Sectary Tehmina Janjua to discuss Kulbhushan Jadhav, reported Waqt News.

Mr. Aziz said that a law qualified field officer was provided to defend Mr. Jadhav throughout the court proceedings.

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Despite mounting tension along the border, the trade between Pakistan and India has remained intact since the beginning of the current fiscal year, a media report said on Friday.

India has warned that if Pakistan executes Jadhav, who was arrested in March 2016, it would amount to "premeditated murder".

"He was sentenced as per the law of the land".

Giving details Aziz said 'Letter of Assistance requesting specific information and access to certain key witnesses was shared with India in January but there has been no response so far. He said that his sentence is based on credible, specific evidence proving his involvement in espionage and terrorist activities in Pakistan.

She said if the decision of the Pakistani court is implemented then it will be seen as a pre-meditated murder.

Akbar said the government's stand on the issue was clarified by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Home Minister Rajnath Singh.