Sushma Warns Pakistan: Hands Off Kulbhushan Jadhav
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.