Sentenced to death, Kulbhushan Jadhav faces terror, sabotage trials in Pak

Pakistan claims that its security forces arrested Jadhav from its Balochistan province on March 3, 2016

Kulbhushan Jadhav

Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav, who was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on spying charges, is now facing trial in multiple cases related to terrorism and sabotage, according to a report in media. | Today’s Paper

Jadhav, 47, was sentenced to death by the military court in April last year. Pakistan claims that its security forces arrested Jadhav from its Balochistan province on March 3, 2016, after he reportedly entered from Iran. India denies all charges.

India moved the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in May last year against the verdict.

The ICJ halted his execution on India’s appeal pending the final verdict by it.
Dawn reported quoting an official that Jadhav has multiple cases against him in which he had been indicted on terror and sabotage related charges.

The cases are progressing, the paper quoted the official saying.

He said only the spying case against Jadhav has been concluded out of the multiple cases against him.

The paper quoting a source also said that Pakistan on a number of occasions had sought access to 13 Indian officials to ascertain information in the case.

But New Delhi has remained stubbornly uncooperative, the paper said.

The Pakistani source did not disclose the names of the 13 Indian officials that the government wants to quiz. He, however, said: “We want to reach Jadhav’s handlers”.

Besides, Pakistan has sought information about his Navy service file, bank record of his pension payment, and issuance of the passport in the name of Mubarak Hussain Patel, the paper said.

Pakistani officials want to know how the passport in the name of Patel was issued and whether it was original or fake.

Particulars of Jadhav’s properties in Mumbai, Pune and other parts of Maharashtra, which he had acquired in Patel’s name had also been demanded, the paper quoted the source as saying.

The ICJ is currently hearing an Indian petition challenging Pakistan’s refusal to grant consular access to the alleged spy.

 

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After India-Pak face-off, ICJ says ruling on Jadhav ‘as soon as possible’

India has demanded that Pakistan annul Kulbhushan Jadhav’s death sentence

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India and Pakistan on Monday clashed at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) over the fate of alleged spy Kulbushan Jadhav with New Delhi invoking the court’s jurisdiction to see that the death sentence against him was annulled immediately.Pakistan rejected the plea on the ground that India had no right to invoke the jurisdiction of the UN’s highest court because the Vienna Convention does not provide for matters relating to spies, terrorists and those who indulge in espionage.

However, Islamabad suffered a jolt when it was not allowed by the court to play the video containing a purported confession by Jadhav, a former navy official, who India says was abducted from Iran and taken to Balochistan.

At the end of the day’s proceedings, ICJ President Ronny Abraham announced that the verdict in the matter would be given “as soon as possible” and the date delivered in a public sitting.

The Indian case was put up strongly by noted lawyer Harish Salve who demanded that Pakistan should annul Jadhav’s death sentence and see that he was not executed as his trial was held under “farcical” circumstances in violation of the Vienna Convention.

“I urge the ICJ to ensure that Jadhav is not executed, Pakistan reports to this court that the action (of not executing him) is taken and that no action is taken that might prejudice the rights of India in the matter of Jadhav,” Salve said in his over 90-minute presentation.

The ICJ had last week “stayed” the execution on a petition by India, which approached the UN court after 46 years on an issue with Pakistan. (READ MORE)