Kulbhushan's death sentence: India cautions Pakistan over consequences on bilateral ties

The sentence was passed by a Field General Court Martial and confirmed by the powerful army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa.

Jadhav was arrested on March 3, 2016 through an operation in Balochistan's Mashkel area for his alleged involvement in espionage and sabotage activities against Pakistan, the ISPR said. Jadhav is no longer a member of India's Armed forces and since India is now not at war with Pakistan, the law of war does not apply in this situation.

This evening India received the news that Kulbhushan Jadhav was sentenced to death by the Pakistan Army on the charges that he violated Pakistan's Official Secrets Act by spying for the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) of the Indian Army. We pointed out that consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav would be an essential pre-requisite in order to verify the facts and understand the circumstances of his presence in Pakistan.

India's requests for consular access to Jadhav have repeatedly been denied by Pakistan despite as many as six note verbales being issued to the Pakistan Foreign Ministry.

Amid rising tensions with India, Sharif on Tuesday described Pakistan as a peace-loving country.

Congress leader PL Punia said that it was time that India maintained a limited relations with Pakistan. He was denied justice as per the laid down global practice, she added.

Meanwhile, the MPs, cutting across party lines, have condemned the death sentence.

India on Monday summoned Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit and issued a demarche against Pakistani military court for awarding death sentence to Jadhav.

Pakistan stated that Jadhav was found guilty by a military court which was closed to the public and was sentenced to death.

Indian intelligence officials suspected that Jadhav's phone was under surveillance by the Pakistani intelligence, and that his habits and mannerisms, including phone calls in Marathi to his family, gave away his identity.

Calling Kulbhushan Jadhav as Hindustan ka beta, EAM Swaraj said, "we will go out of the way to save him". "The government should take every step to save the life of Jadhav", he said.

Government should use its influence and try to bring him back here safe. "All the norms of law and justice were disregarded by Pakistan", the Union minister said, referring to the violations by the neighbour of the Geneva Convention. He was accused of espionage and sabotage activities in Pakistan, mainly Balochistan and Karachi.

  • Leroy Wright