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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