Still have faith in Pakistan judiciary, says Azad on Jadhav case

"I would caution the Pakistan government to consider the consequences for our bilateral relationship if they proceed on this matter", she said.

India yesterday warned Pakistan of "consequences" for bilateral relations if it executed an alleged Indian spy, as tensions over the issue escalated between the neighbours.

He added, "Jadhav is a kidnapped innocent Indian, who is a retired officer of the Indian navy and these two facts were communicated to Pakistan more than a year ago". India had informed past year Pakistan about Kulbhushan Jadahav, he said.

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.

MEA stated that Indian government had provided all the facts relating to Kulbhushan Jadhav nearly a year ago adding that Pakistan had denied consular access for 13 times.

Abdul Basit said Pakistan has shared the evidence with Indian government as well. Admitting that the government was not aware of the circumstances leading to Jadhav's abduction and how he was taken to Pakistan, Swaraj described the former Naval officer as a businessman who was working in Iran.

The minister said that those involved in terrorist activities and conspiring against the security and integrity of Pakistan would not be allowed any concession.

RAW agent Commander Kulbhushan Sudhir Jadhav was tried by FGCM under section 59 of Pakistan Army Act (PAA) 1952 and Section 3 of official Secret Act of 1923, it stated. However, this claim has been denied by the Indian government, saying that Kulbhushan Jadhav started his own business after early retirement from Indian navy.

"All our requests for consular access have been denied". The issue has become yet another point of contention among the two countries.

According to the Pakistan defence minister, the trial of Jadhav lasted three-and-a-half months.

Jadhav was given the death sentence by the Pakistani army during a court martial on March 10, which India has called "premeditated murder".

  • Leroy Wright