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Jadhav is innocent, says India

14 April 2017
Jadhav is innocent, says India

"Basit added that Jadhav was not an "ordinary man", he was a serving [Indian Navy] officer, which is why he was trialed in a military court like other Pakistanis". "There are no proofs against him".

The UN has asked India and Pakistan to engage in a dialogue to find a peaceful solution to their problems, but refrained from commenting on the death sentence given by a Pakistani military court to Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav.

"Pakistan has not shared with us till now any details of Kulbhushan Jadhav's location or how he is", external affairs ministry spokesperson Gopal Baglay said. According to the Indian government, he was abducted from Iran, but Pakistan claims he was arrested through a Counter Intelligence Operation from Mashkel, Balochistan, last March.

"Apart from the gross irregularities... such as the lack of counsellor access and the secrecy surrounding the surprise court-martial, what struck me the most is the contrast between the speed of Mr (Kulbhushan) Jadhav's trial set against the endless postponements for that of the Mumbai attackers", Alyssa Ayres, a former senior USA state department official in its South and Central Asia Bureau, said.

Bagley, however, assured that the government of India will explore all options to bring Jadhav back.

Earlier, Swaraj warned Islamabad of consequences in bilateral relations if Jadhav's death sentence is carried out.

"Pakistan is forgetting that Jadhav is not a Baloch, he is from India, he has is got a backing of a very strong country and India will give befitting reply to Pakistan", he said.

Jadhav, who was arrested in March previous year by Pakistan and accused by the country of spying, was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on Monday triggering tension between India and Pakistan.

"So far we had made 13 consular access requests to Pakistan in case of Kulbhushan Jadhav but the requests have been turned down and therefore we don't know where or in what condition he is being held". India has dismissed the allegations of Jadhav being a spy, calling Pakistan's action "premeditated murder".

In Parliament, the government as well as the Opposition, saw the capital punishment as an attempt to defame India and to deflect the attention of the global community from Pakistan-sponsored terrorism.

Reacting strongly to the death sentence, India said it viewed the "farcical proceedings against Jadhav" as "murder" and that it violated basic norms of "law, justice, and global relations".