Published: Sun, April 16, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

India knows Pakistan has sufficient evidence against Kulbhushan: Abdul Basit

India knows Pakistan has sufficient evidence against Kulbhushan: Abdul Basit

"The so-called legal process done by Pakistan was opaque", Baglay stated. "It is a clear violation of worldwide understandings, agreements, rules and everything.Why the PM of India did not contact the PM of Pakistan or he did not asked the UN", Chacko said.

Former BJP leader Sudhir Kulkarni, who also attended the event, said that Pakistan should immediately strike down the death sentence to Jadhav, otherwise there could be unpredictable consequences.

He said Pakistan needs to understand that India arrests a number of Pakistanis every month with weapons.

New Delhi responded saying if the sentence was carried out, it would be a "premeditated murder".

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in Parliament said Jadhav's execution will be taken by India as a "pre- meditated murder" and Pakistan should consider its consequences on bilateral relations if it proceeds on the matter.

"We do not know his location or condition as Pakistan is refusing to share details with us", said MEA spokesperson, Gopal Baglay.

According to the Indian Foreign Ministry, Jadhav was kidnapped in 2016 from Iran and his subsequent detention had never been "explained credibly" by the Pakistani side.

"So far Pakistan has denied all our requests for consular access".

He said that Jadhav had confessed his crime in the confessional statement, which is available on record. Protests against the death sentence were also staged outside the Pakistan High Commission here.

As the Pakistan military's media wing Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) media has already announced the death sentence on Jadhav, "Tomorrow Pakistan might announce that they have executed the capital punishment and hung him (Kulbhushan Jadhav)" said Singh.

Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Bajwa met Sharif and took the prime minister into confidence regarding the issue of Jadhav, Samaa TV reported. "Jadhav has to be brought back at the earliest", party chief Uddhav Thackeray told reporters at his residence in Mumbai.

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