Islamabad: Pak army court sentences Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav to death sentence. Jadhav’s issue has been a bone of contention since long with the death sentence being the final nail in the coffin.
According to the Pakistan army court, Kulbhushan Jadhav is an Indian spy and has been sentenced to death for “for his involvement in espionage and sabotage activities against Pakistan”.
But who is Kulbhushan Jadhav?
- Kulbhushan Jadhav is a former Indian Navy officer who was commissioned in the engineering branch of Indian Navy in 1991.
- After 14 years of service he launched into intelligence operations in 2003 and established a small business in Iran and thereby took a premature retirement.
- His family currently resides in Mumbai.
- He was arrested by Pakistan from Iran border near Balochistan over illegal entry.
- Yadav in a “video confession” admitted that the Indian intelligence agency RAW was involved in destabilising Pakistan. He also confessed that he was a serving officer of the Indian Navy and was working in Pakistan at the behest of the RAW.
- In April 2016, the Pakistan govt had slapped terrorism and sabotage charges against him
- There was no prior information given to India.India has acknowledged Jadhav as a retired Indian Navy officer, but denied the allegation that he was in any way connected to the government.
- In March this year, Pakistani adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz told the country’s Upper House that Islamabad won’t extradite Jadhav
- Experts say that they fail to understand why Pakistan is in hurry to hang him and why no open trial was conducted. He was tried in secret by the Pak army.
- “The spy has been tried through Field General Court Martial (FGCM) under Pakistan Army Act and awarded death sentence,” the military’s media wing Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a statement.