NEW DELHI: Parliament came together to condemn Pakistan for sentencing former Indian naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhav to death, in utter violation of international norms and breach of basic human rights.
“I would caution Pakistan to consider the consequences for our bilateral relationship if they proceed on this matter,” External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said, adding that India would go “out of the way” to ensure justice for Jadhav. Meanwhile, Pakistan’s Defence Minister Khawaja Asif reportedly said that Jadhav has the right to appeal against the sentence within 60 days.
But, despite the tough posturing, India has only diplomatic manoeuvring up its sleeve to extricate Jadhav from Pakistani gallows.
The Indian citizen, who was allegedly abducted by the Pakistan forces from Chahbahar Port in Iran, also has the option of appealing to the President of Pakistan for mercy.
According to sources, Jadhav can “challenge the decision in Army court of appeal. If rejected, he can appeal for mercy to Pakistan Army Chief. And if the appeal is also rejected, he can appeal to Pakistan President for clemency.”