Is Jadhav Already killed Or Being Used As Leverage For Resuming Talks?

Sushma Swaraj warned Pakistan of dire consequences if Kulbhushan Jadhav is executed.

New Delhi: While the External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj warned Pakistan of dire consequences if Kulbhushan Jadhav is executed, BJP MP and former home secretary R K Singh expressed doubts if he was still alive. Jadhav was sentenced to death by Pakistan Military Court on charges of espionage.

Meanwhile, National Conference which has been in rebellious mood from before the by-polls has a contradictory view. It’s leader Mustafa Kamal opined that “Pakistan obeyed the law. Not correct for India to point fingers being a large democracy.” However, he also added that Pak is a bigger threat not only India but to all the South Asia and should be declared a terrorist State.

On the other hand, experts on Indo- Pak affairs feel that Pak is using Jadhav to arm twist India to resume dialogue with it. Some feel that Pak will not kill Jadhav but will certainly use him as a leverage to make India fall in line. By playing a victim card, Pak is trying to tell the world that it is India that is creating unrest in Baluchistan. It is known that India started talking about Baloch and the Pak army’s atrocities there for quite some time to make Pak stop talking about atrocities in Kashmir.

After Jadhav was tried by military court and was awarded death sentence, the Pakistan’s ISI public relations in a press release claimed that he was a RAW agent and was sentenced for planning disruptive activities in Pak. It also added that he was arrested in Balochistan in March 2016 and made to confess to his involvement in espionage.

However,  another version is being given by Indian media about why Jadhav is made a scapegoat. A report says that speculations are rife in social media that Pak Army fearing action against a retired Army officer  Lt  Col Mohammad Habib who went missing from a Nepali town near the Indian border, hurriedly announced a death sentence for Jadhav who was a former Indian Navy officer.

Though the Indian Army has not officially announced any such arrest, the twitter handle Pakistan Defence tweeted ”Indian Raw kidnaps retired Pakistan Army officer from Nepal.”  The Pakistan side is very sure that Lt Col Habib is in the custody of Indian authorities. Even the Pakistan media is readily supporting this view.

It’s heartening that all the MPs’ cutting across the party lines have condemned the Pakistani action. Very few people know that Kulbhushan Jadhav was a batchmate of Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, Minister of State for Information and National Defence Academy


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Sushma Warns Pakistan: Hands Off Kulbhushan Jadhav

Indian Parliament unanimously condemned the Pakistan Government for awarding death penalty to an Indian Kulbhushan Jadhav who was a Navy officer. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj warned Pakistan not to go ahead with the sentence

New Delhi: Sushma Swaraj, External Affairs Minister, gave a strong warning against going ahead with the death penalty awarded to  former Indian Navy employee Kulbhushan Jadhav. Sushma Swaraj has made a forceful statement condemning the attitude of the Pakistan Government which has been refusing to give Indian Counsel access to Jadhav despite repeated requests by the Indian Government.

There was a strong criticism of people like former Union Minister Mani Shankar Aiyer, ex-RAW chief Dulat and many others to attend a meeting with Pakistani intellectuals and diplomats in the evening of Tuesday here. There was also a scathing attack on the Government and the Parliament for not passing a resolution condemning the attitude of the Pakistan Government which kidnapped Jadhav 14 months. There was a severe criticism against Union Government for not bothering to raise the issue at international fora like Human Rights Commission and UNO. The NDA Government  had done precious nothing all these months, the Opposition leaders lambasted Modi’s dispensation.

Earlier in the day, there  was a unified voice by Parliamentarians expressing solidarity with the Government and raising voice against the death penalty for Kulbhushan Jadhav by Pakistan Military Court. Mood of the MPs was to stand unitedly and say with all the force at their command, ‘SAVE JADHAV’.

The Pakistani action was condemned by all the  political parties after the Congress gave adjournment notice in Lok Sabha.

“We call it a planned murder, if Jadhav would be sentenced to death,” said Mallikarjun Kharge, Floor leader of the Congress party who added that failing to protect Jadhav will prove the weakness of the Government.

AIMIM Chief Asaduddin  Owaisi said Pakistani court is like a banana court where they have given judgement without any trial or evidence.

BJP MP Ananth Kumar said that the whole House  is with Kulbhushan  Jadhav. Shiva Sena MP Manisha Khyande felt that the issue should be placed before the UN.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh said that Indian Government will do whatever possible for Jadhav and assured justice will be done with him.

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