Separate Balochistan from Pakistan if it hangs Kulbhushan Jadhav: Indian Minister

Jadhav, a former India naval officer, was awarded the death sentence by a Pakistani military court after he was declared a "spy" in that country. "If anything, he is the victim of a plan that seeks to cast aspersions on India to deflect worldwide attention from Pakistan's well-known record of sponsoring and supporting terrorism".

Swamy also urged the Balochis in Delhi to form a government in exile.

Swaraj said that Jadhav was doing business in Iran and was kidnapped and taken to Pakistan. Accusing Pakistan of being a "terror friendly state" Swamy said New Delhi can not deal with Islamabad in a civilised manner.

"We have 80,000 troops stationed along the LoC (Line of Control)", he stated in Pakistan Parliament.

"Pakistan has selected Jadhav saying that he was trying to create problems in Balochistan. I want to tell the house that the government will do whatever it takes to make sure Kulbhushan Jadhav gets justice", Singh said in Lok Sabha.

India has warned Pakistan to consider the "consequences" on bilateral ties if Jadhav is hanged in the alleged espionage case and vowed to go "out of the way" to save him amid an outrage throughout the country. Pakistan's foreign secretary summoned Indian high commissioner Gautam Bambawale and issued a demarche to protest Jadhav's "involvement in subversive activities in Balochistan and Karachi". Accordingly, from the time his abduction was known, our High Commission in Islamabad has continuously pressed Pakistani authorities for such access.

She said if the decision of the Pakistani court is implemented, it will be a pre-meditated murder asserting that there is no evidence against Jadhav.

Jadhav was "arrested" on March 3 a year ago by Pakistani security forces in the restive Balochistan province after he reportedly entered from Iran.

He said a number of Pakistani nationals are arrested every month in India trying to carry out terror strikes and if New Delhi starts behaving the "same way, all of them will hang".

His remarks came Jadhav was sentenced to death for alleged "spying".

Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Bajwa and Sharif discussed matters pertaining to professional preparedness of army, the current security and border situation at their meeting held in Islamabad, Radio Pakistan reported.

  • Joanne Flowers