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Kulbhushan Jadhav's sentencing done according to law, claims Pakistan Defence Minister

Defence minister Khawaja Asif said the death sentence of Kulbhushan Jadhav should serve as a warning to those engaged in terrorism in the country.

Published: 10th April 2017 07:51 PM  |   Last Updated: 10th April 2017 08:19 PM   |  A+A-

Pakistani Defence Minister Khawaja Asif (File|AFP)

By ANI

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Defence Minister Khawaja Asif on Monday clarified that alleged Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav’s sentencing was done according to the law and asserted that if India raises the issue of his death statement, Pakistan would give a reply.

"Jadhav's confession was a public document. He came from the approval of the Indian government…there is no doubt that India is fuelling terrorism in Pakistan," Geo News quoted Asif, as saying.

Asif also said the death sentence of Kulbhushan Jadhav should serve as a warning to those engaged in terrorism in the country.

“Those plotting against Pakistan will not be spared,” he said.

According to Asif, the entire world had acknowledged Pakistan’s struggle against terrorism and the country was dealing with this menace from both the eastern and western front.

Earlier, Jadhav was given the death sentence by the Pakistan Military, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), Pakistan said in a statement.

Jadhav was arrested on March 3, 2016 through an operation in Balochistan's Mashkel area for his alleged involvement in espionage and sabotage activities against Pakistan, the ISPR said.

"The spy was tried through Field General Court Martial (FGCM) under the Pakistan Army Act (PAA) and awarded the death sentence. Today Chief of Army Staff Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa confirmed his death sentence awarded by FGCM," the ISPR said.

Jadhav "confessed before a magistrate and court that he was tasked by Indian spy agency Research and Analysis wing to plan, coordinate and organise espionage and sabotage activities seeking to destabilise and wage war against Pakistan through impeding the efforts of law enforcement agencies for the restoration of peace in Balochistan and Karachi," the ISPR said.

Earlier in March 2016, the Ministry of External Affairs said that the former Indian naval officer was arrested by Pakistan for allegedly engaging in subversive activities was possibly kidnapped from Iran and denied any possibilities of him being involved in subversive activities in Pakistan.

The accused, used to run a business in the Iranian port city of Chabahar. He was seen in a video confessing that he was an official of the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), India's external intelligence agency.



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