Bring back Kulbhushan Jadhav
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Kulbhushan Sudhir Jadhav is an Indian national arrested in Balochistan, Pakistan, over charges of terrorism and spying for India's intelligence agency, the Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW).
The Pakistani government states that he is a serving commander in the Indian Navy who was involved in subversive activities inside Pakistan, and was arrested on March 3, 2016 during a counter-intelligence operation in Balochistan.
On Monday, April 10, 2017, Kulbhushan Jadhav was sentenced to death by a Field General Court Martial (FGCM), a military court consisting of Pakistan army officers. Pakistan army chief Qamar Javed Bajwa, in an official statement, also confirmed Jadhav's death sentence after he was found guilty of "all the charges". Interestingly, Pakistan reportedly is the only South Asian country to allow trial of civilians by military courts and the judges on FGCM aren't required to possess law degrees.
Pakistan government claims to have found Jadhav during a counter intelligence operation in Balochistan's Mashkel area on March 3, 2016.
India while refuting Pakistan's claim on Jadhav says, he is a former Indian Navy commander and was "snatched" by Pakistani agencies from Iran. Meanwhile, Iran too has confirmed that Jadhav was on its territory but wasn't engaged in any "illegal activity."
Both Germany and Afghanistan have supported Indian stand while calling Pakistan's take on Jadhav as "fake".
Former German Ambassador to Pakistan, Dr. Gunter Mulack, was quoted by Pakistani daily Dawn as saying that "the Indian spy recently arrested in Balochistan was actually caught by Taliban and sold to Pakistani intelligence".
"The story of Indian #RAW spy is as fake as others; he's sold by the smugglers mafia on Iranian territory a source from area told (SIC)", Afghan journalist Malik Achakzai tweeted on April 2, 2016.
The Pakistan defence minister told their Senate that Jadhav now has 40 days to appeal against the FGCM verdict in the army's court of appeals.
"Jadhav can seek mercy from the Pakistan army chief and the Pakistan president,"
Jadhav can also move high court if he feels due process wasn't followed during the trial.
If Jadhav were really spying for India, why would he carry an Indian passport under the name Hussein Mubarak Patel?
Why trial under wraps?
India was repeatedly denied consular access to Jadhav, and the trial was kept hush-hush though Pakistan could have gained mileage globally by playing it up.
It is high time India puts its foot down on Pakistan. Enough of dialogues and dossiers. Let the world know what the real Pakistan and its activities are.
Let's mount pressure on Pakistan to peacefully hand over Kulbhushan Jadhav to India.
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