INDIA SAYS JADHAV’s DEATH SENTENCE IS PREMEDITATED MURDER :

The ministry of external affairs reacts to the Pakistan government’s decision to hang Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav for espionage.   The Foreign Secretary summoned the Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit and issued a demarche saying proceedings that led to sentence of Kulbhushan Jadhav are farcical.  The MEA demarche read: “If basic norms of law and justice are not observed the government and people of of India will regard it as premeditated murder.   “It is significant that our High Commission was not even informed that Kulbhushan Jadhav was being brought to trial.  “Jadhav was kidnapped from Iran, no consular access was given by Pakistan.  “If hanged, it will be premeditated murder.”   A senior Pakistani journalist tells NDTV that Jadhav is likely to be hanged shortly, possibly within a month.    A Pakistani army court on Monday sentenced Kulbhushan Jadhav to death for for his involvement in espionage and sabotage activities against Pakistan, the military announced  The spy has been tried through Field General Court Martial (FGCM) under Pakistan Army Act and awarded death sentence, the militarys media wing Inter-Services Public Relations said in a statement.  Pakistan Army chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa has confirmed his death sentence awarded by FGCM, it added.  adhav was arrested on March 3 last year by Pakistan security officials in Balochistan after he entered from Iran. He has been accused by Pakistan of planning subversive activities in the country.  India has acknowledged Jadhav as a retired Indian Navy officer, but denied the allegation that he was in any way connected to the government.  Rediff.com ; 10th. Apr,17

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