India flayed Pakistan while dismissing as “propaganda” a purported video of Kulbhushan Jadhav which was released by the latter on Thursday. Jadhav is an Indian death row prisoner lodged in Pakistan jail. In its reaction, India rebuffed Pakistan for putting out “coerced” statements which carries no credibility.
“The absurdity of a captive under duress certifying his own welfare while mouthing allegations of his captors clearly merits no comment,” the Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said in an official reaction.
“It is time for Pakistan to realise that such propagandistic exercises simply carry no credibility,” he added further discrediting the video.
Earlier last month, Jadhav’s mother and wife visited Islamabad meeting Jadhav, first time after his arrest in Pakistan, in a meeting orchestrated by Pakistan establishment.
India had hit out at Pakistan after it was found that authorities in Islamabad ill-treated Jadhav’s wife and mother. Even leaders across political party had condemned Pakistan, with Chairman of Rajya Sabha M Venkaiah Naidu calling treatment meted out to Jadhav’s family in Pakistan as “inhuman”.
In the video, released on Thursday by the Pakistan Foreign Office and whos veracity could not be ascertained, Jadhav says he is a commissioned officer of the Indian Navy and that his commission has not gone. India has termed Jadhav’s statement as one given under coercion.
“This does not come as a surprise. Pakistan is simply continuing its practice of putting out coerced statements on video. It is time for them to realise that such propagandistic exercises simply carry no credibility,” the external affairs ministry spokesperson said.
In the video, it is reported, that Jadhav also said that Indian diplomat was shouting at his mother the moment she stepped out of the cabin after meeting him.
During the meeting, whose pictures were released by Pakistan, Jadhav was seen sitting behind a glass screen while his mother and wife sat on the other side. They spoke through an intercom device and the entire 40-minute proceedings appeared to have been recorded on video.
Jadhav was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of espionage and terrorism in April, following which India moved the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in May.
Pakistan says he was a commander rank officer in the Indian Navy. But India says Jadhav was a former naval officer. New Delhi also says Jadhav was kidnapped in Iran where he had legitimate business interests, and brought to Pakistan.
A 10-member bench of the ICJ on May 18 restrained Pakistan from executing Jadhav till adjudication of the case. It is expected to hold another hearing in March or April.
(With inputs from PTI)