Baloch leaders condemn Pak for sentencing Kulbhushan Jadhav to death

A day after India called conviction of Kulbhushan Yadav in Pakistan a "farcical trial", the United Nations declined to take a position on the death sentence handed to the self-confessed Indian spy. And these two facts were communicated to Pakistan one year ago when the matter of his illegal custody came to our knowledge.

Baloch leaders have condemned Pakistan for sentencing Indian citizen Kulbhushan Jadhav to death.

Nepalese authorities said on Wednesday that they were trying to ascertain the identity of a man who had received retired Col Habib Zahir upon his arrival at Bhairahawa Airport in the town of Lumbini near the Indian border. "We do not know his location or condition as Pakistan is refusing to share details with us", said MEA spokesperson, Gopal Baglay.

In a press conference, Baglay also said India had no access to the former naval officer, accused by Pakistan of being a R&AW agent.

He said Jadhav was involved in subversive activities.

Observers and experts on criminal or espionage-related laws in a majority of countries have suggested that the death sentence against Jadhav is a clear violation of Article 36 of the Vienna Convention that makes it mandatory for every government to provide consular access to an arrested foreign national by officials of his/her government. "It is a violation of the basic normal of worldwide relations and justice", he added.

Jadhav, according to Pakistan, was arrested on March 3 previous year in restive Balochistan province and sentenced to death on Monday by a military court for carrying out "espionage and sabotage activities against Pakistan".

He reiterated that there was no credibility to Jadhav's secret military trial and described as "baseless" the charges of espionage and waging war against Islamabad levelled against him. In Parliament, the Modi government promised to do everything possible to prevent the execution of Jadhav.

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

  • Leroy Wright