Tuesday, 17 October, 2017

India asks for Kulbhushan Jadhav chargesheet, consular access from Pakistan

Erik Tate | 17 April, 2017, 05:38

"We will definitely appeal against the judgement".

Bambawale also said that he had no information about former Pakistani army officer Mohammad Habib, who reportedly went missing in Nepal. Pakistani officials suspect that Indian spy agencies were behind his disappearance.

The joint committee on prisoners lamented that the "outdated and mischievous Official Secrets Act, 1923 (enacted during British rule) is being misused against nationals both in India and in Pakistan".

Even Iran has come out and has slammed Pakistan for its vilification campaign.

Janjua alleged that Pakistanis "incarcerated" in Indian prisons have not been provided consular access for years, despite repeated requests and follow-up by the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi.

"India has been blowing the trumpet on the issue of terrorism since long but the fact is that the India's intelligence agency itself is involved in terrorism", he said while talking to state-run Radio Pakistan.

The Indian side also conveyed that it will appeal the order.

Over the past year, the case of Kulbhushan Jadhav has witnessed several twists and turns. Aziz in a detailed statement read out to the media at the foreign office said that India through its reaction was aggravating the situation.

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Aziz also slammed the "inflammatory statements and rhetoric of premeditated murder" issued by the Indian government, which he said "will only result in escalation, serving no useful purpose".

Sartaj Aziz, advisor to Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, put parts of the charge sheet in public domain on Friday.

On Friday, Pakistan had denied consular access to Jadhav for the 14th time. The move comes after India made a decision to put all bilateral engagements with Pakistan on hold. "Pakistan talks about maintaining a good relationship with India".

A qualified legal officer was also provided to defend him in court proceedings, he said.

"These facts are illogical and create doubts over allegation of his being a spy..."

Rejecting Indian contention that Jadhav was a retired naval commander, he said that India had failed to provide any "credible explanation of why their naval commander was in Balochistan". India has said the secretly-conducted trial of Mr Jadhav trial was "farcical" and that New Delhi will do "whatever it takes" to save him.

"Now clearly it appears that a cover up is taking place about it".

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