Sushma Swaraj has cautioned Pakistan of “consequences” if it proceeds with the death sentence of Kulbhushan Jadhav.
Swaraj, speaking in the parliament on Jadhav’s death sentence, said India would go to any extent to “save” Jadhav, who she termed a “son of India”.
“I would caution the Pakistan government to consider the consequences for our bilateral relationship if they proceed on this matter,” she said, as quoted by Indian media.
The external affairs minister labelled the charges against Jadhav as “concocted” and claimed there was no evidence of wrongdoing by him.
On Monday, Pakistan sentenced Kulbhushan Jadhav to death for carrying out espionage and sabotage activities in Balochistan and Karachi. Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa confirmed the death sentence awarded by the Field General Court Martial under the Pakistan Army Act.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has accused Pakistan of attempting a pre-planned murder of former Indian Navy officer Kulbhushan Jadhav and asserted India will do whatever it takes to ensure his release. He was speaking at the Lokmat Maharashtrian of the Year Awards in Mumbai last night.
Mr. Singh said that Jadhav is not a spy and should be released. He went out of India for business. Pakistan agencies kidnapped him. He was carrying an Indian passport. The Home Minister asserted if needed government will take the issue to international platform. Singh maintained India won’t hesitate to take strong steps to secure Jadhav’s release.
Jadhav was reportedly arrested on March 3 last year by Pakistan security officials allegedly in Balochistan which. He was sentenced to death by a military court in a secret trial and the Pakistan’s army chief has approved his execution.
Army veterans today protested outside the Pakistan High Commission over Kulbhushan Jadhav death sentence by Pakistan Military court. The Ex-Naval officer Jadhav was abducted by Pakistan intelligence agency from Iran and later he was charged with spying against Islamabad.