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Death sentence to Kulbhushan Jadhav by Pakistan Court – the truth unrevealed
The death sentence awarded to Kulbhushan Jadhav by a Pakistan army court is more political in nature rather than having its roots in the rule of the law. According to human rights watchdog Amnesty International, the military courts of Pakistan don't provide any detailing of court proceedings to the public.

Kulbhushan Jadhav, an ex-naval officer of India was sentenced to death by Pakistan military court on the charges of spying and stoking violence in Balochistan region of Pakistan.

The statement released by Pakistan army media wing said, "The spy was tried through field general court martial under the Pakistan army act and awarded the death sentence. Today chief of army staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa confirmed his death sentence awarded by FGCM. He confessed before a magistrate that he was tasked by RAW to plan, coordinate and organise espionage/sabotage activities aiming to destabilise and wage war against Pakistan by impeding the efforts of law enforcement agencies for restoring peace in Balochistan and Karachi."

India reacted angrily over the issue of death sentence awarded to its national by Pakistan army court. Indian foreign secretary S Jaishankar summoned Pakistan High Commissioner in Delhi Abdul Basit and handed him over a demarche describing army court proceedings farcical in absence of due process of law and suspended the release of several Pakistani prisoners who were scheduled to be released on Wednesday.

The demarche read as, "If this sentence against an Indian citizen, awarded without observing basic norms of law and justice, is carried out, the government and people of India will regard it as case of premeditated murder."

The demarche also added, "The proceedings that have led to the sentence against Jadhav are farcical in the absence of any credible evidence against him. It is significant that our high commission was not even informed that Jadhav was being brought to trial."

However, Pakistan defended the sentence awarded to Jadhav. Abdul Basit said, "You can't sponsor terrorism and then summon an ambassador to protest over sentencing of terrorist. Nothing matters more than national security."

Pakistan defence minister Khwaja Asif told to media, "He came with the approval of Indian government. Those plotting against Pakistan will not be spared." He also blamed India for fuelling unrest and terrorism in Pakistan though he failed to provide any substantive evidence regarding the same. Pakistan repeatedly refused Indian access request to Jadhav which could have solved certain mystery. Jadhav was arrested last year on the charges of espionage. He has an Indian passport in the name of Husain Mubarak Patel and according to media reports, the residents of the society, the place of address at which his passport was issued, failed to recognize Jadhav on showing his photographs. India, from day one after the arrest of Jadhav by Pakistani authorities, is accepting the fact that Jadhav is an Indian national and a retired naval officer but has denied his involvement in any spying activity.

Congress parliamentarian Mallikarjun Kharge in Lok Sabha asked the government to take every step possible for securing the release of Jadhav who had been wrongly implicated on espionage charges. Home minister Rajnath Singh told the House that the government would do whatever it can to save the life of Jadhav and bring him back to the country.

Due to absence of any detailing about the proceedings of court, it is tough to ascertain the veracity of court proceedings. He had simply been convicted on the charges of self declaration which is not enough to convict anyone without having further evidences to support the claim.

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