Indian High Comm meets Pak’s Foreign Secy, demands Jadhav’s chargesheet

RSTV Bureau
File photo of former Indian naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhav who has been sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of 'espionage'.

File photo of former Indian naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhav who has been sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of ‘espionage’.

In an attempt to provide justice to Kulbhushan Jadhav, the Indian national who has been sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court, the Indian High Commissioner in Islamabad Gautam Bambawale met Pakistan Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua.

India demanded from Pakistan a certified copy of the charge-sheet as well as the judgement in the death sentence of Jadhav. India also sought consular access to him, which has been denied to India for as many as 13 attempts.

Last week, Jadhav was awarded a death sentence for spying.

“I have asked for a certified copy of the charge-sheet as well as the judgement in the death sentence of Kulbhushan Jadhav,” Bambawale told PTI.

“They have denied our request for consular access 13 times (in the last one year). I have again requested the Pakistan Foreign Secretary to give access to Jadhav so that we can appeal,” he added.

Sources in New Delhi said apart from diplomatic options, India will also explore legal remedies permitted under Pakistan legal system including Jadhav’s family appealing against the verdict.

Meanwhile Pakistan continues to maintain that Jadhav has been fairly tried under the law and his sentence is justified.

On Thursday, Pakistan’s top military Generals decided not to make any “compromise” on the death sentence given to Jadhav. The decision was taken at a Corps Commanders’ conference presided over by Army Chief General Qamar Bajwa at the General Headquarters in Rawalpindi.

The death sentence to Jadhav, 46, was confirmed by army chief General Bajwa after the Field General Court Martial found him guilty of “espionage and sabotage activities” in Pakistan.

“Kulbushan Jhadav, who is responsible for espionage, sabotage and terrorism in Pakistan, has been tried according to the law of the land, in a fully transparent manner while preserving his rights, as per the Constitution of Pakistan,” Pakistan Prime Minister’s Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz said.

“His sentence is based on credible, specific evidence proving his involvement in espionage and terrorist activities in Pakistan,” he added.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh denied Pakistan’s claim on Friday.

“I do not agree with what Pakistan has said. Kulbhushan Jadhav did not get a fair trial…All efforts are being made to secure justice for Jadhav….We will do everything,” Rajnath Singh.

Pakistan claims its security forces had arrested Jadhav from the restive Balochistan province on March 3 last year after he reportedly entered from Iran. It also claimed that he was “a serving officer in the Indian Navy.”

The Pakistan Army had also released a “confessional video” of Jadhav after his arrest.

India had acknowledged that Jadhav had served with the navy but denied that he has any connection with the government.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had warned that Jadhav’s execution will be taken by India as a “pre-meditated murder” and Pakistan should “consider its consequences” on bilateral relations, if it proceeds on the matter.

(With inputs from PTI)