India has reacted strongly to the death of the Indian navy officer kulbhushan Jadhav by Pakistan. India claims that jadhav, accused of spying by Pakistan, was denied due legal process.
What was the Sentence?
On Monday, Kulbhushan jadhav was sentenced to death by a Field General Court Martial (FGCM), a military court consisting of Pakistan army officers. Pakistan army chief Qamar Javed Bajwa, in an official statement, also confirmed Jadhav’s death sentence after he was found guilty of “all the charges”. Interestingly, Pakistan reportedly is the only South Asian country to allow the trial of civilians by military courts and the judges on FGCM aren’t required to possess law degrees.
Claim by Pakistan
Pakistan government claims to have found Jadhav during a counter intelligence operation in Balochistan’s Mashkel area on March 3, 2016.
Stand by India
India while refuting Pakistan’s claim on Jadhav says, he is a former Indian Navy commander and was “snatched” by Pakistani agencies from Iran. Meanwhile, Iran too has confirmed that Jadhav was in its territory but wasn’t engaged in any “illegal activity.”
Support for German and Afghan
Both Germany and Afghanistan have supported Indian stand while calling Pakistan’s take on Jadhav as “fake”.
Former German ambassador to Pakistan, Dr. Gunter Mulack, was quoted by Pakistani daily Dawn as saying that “the Indian spy recently arrested in Balochistan was actually caught by Taliban and sold to Pakistani intelligence”.
“The story of Indian #RAW spy is as fake as others; he’s sold by the smuggler’s mafia on Iranian territory a source from the area told (SIC),”Afghan journalist Malik Achakzai tweeted on April 2, 2016.
On December 8, last year, Pakistan foreign affairs adviser Sartaj Aziz told Pakistan senate committee Jadhav’s dossier could not be finalized as “the material…was insufficient”
If Jadhav were really spying for India, why would he carry an Indian passport under the name Hussein Mubarak Patel?
Why trial under wraps?
India was repeatedly denied consular access to Jadhav, and the trial was kept hush-hush though Pakistan could have gained mileage globally by playing it up.
A recent report by Amnesty International on death sentences and executions has put Pakistan whose army just sentenced Indian officer to death by hanging, among the top five executioner countries in the world.
Amnesty International also put Pakistan on the list of countries where fair trials have not been carried out.
“The reports back India’s claim that Kulbhushan Jadhav’s case got an unfair trial and that the death sentence was akin to the verdict of the kangaroo court.”