New Delhi: In a befitting response to former Indian naval officer Kulbhushan Yadav’s death sentence by Pak army court, Foreign Secretary Jaishankar on Monday summoned the Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit and issued a demarche, terming the proceeding that led to his sentencing as “farcical”.
“If basic norms of law and justice are not observed, the Government of India will regard it as premeditated murder if the sentence is carried out,” the demarche stated. Basit was also told that the Indian High Commission was not even informed that Jadhav was being brought to trial.
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It is significant that our High Commission was not even informed that Kulbhushan Jadhav was being brought to trial, it added.
India was denied consular access to Jadhav 13 times by the Pakistan authorities, it said. Jadhav’s presence in Pakistan was never explained and, it added, that he was kidnapped from Iran.