The Pakistan Army today awarded death sentence to Indian citizen Kulbhushan Jadhav, who was arrested on espionage charges. The ex-Indian Navy officer was arrested in March, 2016.
Kulbhushan Yadav is an Indian national arrested in Balochistan, Pakistan over charges of spying for the Research and Analysis Wing intelligence agency.The Indian government recognises Yadav as a former naval officer, however denies his links with the government; and maintains that he took premature retirement and was possibly from Iran.
Since March 2016, India issued at least six note verbales to Pakistan to get consular access to Jadhav, but there was no breakthrough. While Pakistan had been claiming Jadhav is a commander-rank officer with the Indian Navy, India has rejected the allegation and maintained that he retired from the Navy in 2002 and was now a businessman.
The Pakistan government had refused to extradite Kulbhushan Jadhav
Pakistan’s foreign affairs advisor Sartaj Aziz had alleged that he was involved in “subversive and terrorist activities in Pakistan”.
In March last year, Islambad released what it claimed was a video confession of Mr Jadhav and said he revealed how India engineers violence and separatism in the restive province of Balochistan.
The video is so slick, it was called a ‘well-produced’ evidence.Indian agencies have stated that the video released by Pakistan was heavily edited and the audio has been spliced in several places.
However, India has rejected the video confession. Union Minister Kiren Rijiju claimed, “It is a completely doctored video, fake video made by Pakistan. They are just cooking up stories and doctoring videos to defame India