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Pakistan sentences Indian spy Kulbhushan Yadhav to death

Pakistan sentences Indian spy Kulbhushan Yadhav to death

Yadhav was arrested in March 2016, on-duty Indian Navy officer confessed to his crimes in a recorded video statement

Indian spy and RAW agent Kulbhushan Yadhav has been sentenced to death by Pakistan military court after thorough trial for carrying out espionage activities.

Indian officer Kulbhushan Yadhav was arrested on March 3, 2016, from Baluchistan’s Mashkel area after counter-intelligence search activity was jointly carried by several Pakistan Law Enforcement Agencies.

According to investigation reports, Kulbhushan Yadhav is an on-duty officer for the Indian Navy who confessed to his crimes in a recorded video statement televised by the ISPR last year following his arrest.

Yadhav clearly admitted his involvement in various sabotaging activities in Karachi and Baluchistan in his video confess statement.

According to the Inter-Services Public Relations – ISPR press release, Kulbhushan was tried by the Field General Court Martial (FGCM) under Pakistan Army Act (PAA) and awarded the death sentence.

Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa has confirmed death sentence awarded by the Field General Court Martial (FGCM) under the Pakistan Army Act (PAA).

“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 military’s media wing said.

“RAW agent Commander Kulbushan Sundir Jadhav was tired under FGCM under section 59 of Pakistan Army Act (PAA) 1952 and Section 3 of official Secret Act of 1923.

The FGCM found Yadhav guilty of all charges. He confessed before a Magistrate and the Court 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,” said the press release.

The accused was provided with a defending officer as per legal provisions, the ISPR added.

India lodges protest over spy’s sentence

On the other hand, India’s foreign ministry called on Abdul Basit (Pakistan High Commissioner in India) to protest issue after Kulbushan Sudhir Yadhav was sentenced to death.

India’s foreign ministry said it had summoned the Pakistan High Commissioner (ambassador) Abdul Basit to protest after Kulbushan Sudhir Yadhav was sentenced to death at a court-martial which was closed to the public.

India foreign ministry said that Yadhav was kidnapped from Iran and there was no evidence against him, whom Indian media have described as a former naval officer, calling the proceedings against him “farcical”.

Indian foreign ministry further warned Pakistan by saying that, the execution of Indian convicted by a Pakistani court-martial of spying would be “premeditated murder”.

Pakistan says, ‘You can’t sponsor terror and then protest’

Pakistan has rejected Indian objections to RAW agent Kulbushan Jadhav’s death sentence, saying the country’s national security is the priority.

“You can’t sponsor terrorism and then summon an ambassador to protest over the sentence of terrorists. Nothing matters more than national security,” Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit told Indian media after meeting officials of India’s Ministry of External Affairs on Monday.

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