Pakistan has handed death sentence to Indian national Kulbhushan Sudhir Jadhav, a retired Indian Naval officer on Monday. Kulbhushan was arrested in Balochistan, one of the four provinces of Pakistan with an Indian passport.
According to Pakistan’s Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) press release, Kulbhushan was awarded death sentence for carrying out sabotage and surveillance activities in Karachi and Balochistan region of Pakistan. The alleged spy was tried through the Field General Court Martial (FGCM) under Section 3 of Official Secret Act 1923 and Section 59 of Pakistan Army Act (PAA) 1952. Court found him guilty of all charges. This piece of information was confirmed by Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa.
Indian Ministry of External Affairs says that Pakistan didn’t inform them when he was brought to trial and have lodged a formal protest. They (Pakistan) have no credible evidence against him ‘hang till death’ sentence. India claims that sentence against Indian citizen was awarded without observing basic norms of law and justice and termed it ‘premeditated murder’. It’s reported that Pakistan has rejected Indian objection on this case.
Yadav was arrested on 3 March last year near the Iran-Pakistan border region at Chaman by Jaishul Adil, an extremist radical group targeting Iranian border guards.
India acknowledged that Mr. Kulbhushan was a former navy man and took premature retirement.
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It’s reported that Yadav owns a cargo business in Iran and he often carried cargos to and from Iranian ports. He holds an Indian passport with identity as ‘Hussein Mubarak Patel’.
No date has been announced yet for Yadav’s execution.