Pakistan's powerful Army Chief on Monday approved the execution of alleged Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav after a military court found him guilty of "involvement in espionage and sabotage activities" against the country, a development that could further strain the India-Pakistan ties.
The death sentence to Jadhav, 46, was confirmed by Army Chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa after the Field General Court Martial (FGCM) found him guilty of "all the charges", said the military's media wing Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR).
“The spy has been tried through Field General Court Martial under Pakistan Army Act and awarded death sentence,” it said, and added that the FGCM found Jadhav “guilty of all the charges.”
The sudden sentencing wasn’t received well by the Indian media and people came out on Twitter to voice their opinions on it.
Pakistan COAS confirms death sentence to Indian allegedly caught spying in Balochistan in 2016. India had denied the charges— Suhasini Haidar (@suhasinih) April 10, 2017
No response yet from government on Kulbhushan Jadhav death sentence in Pakistan. Few knew trial was on, let alone sentence.— Suhasini Haidar (@suhasinih) April 10, 2017
If Pak execute Jadhav, an acknowledged Navy veteran, there WILL be consequences. This Ind govt will surely retaliate https://t.co/6ewY2Fx4Cf— Shekhar Gupta (@ShekharGupta) April 10, 2017
Its horrendous travesty of justice, the way Kulbhushan Jadhav has been sentenced to death by Pakistan! #No Proofs & Consular Access Denied!— Siddharth Shukla (@Siddharth1962) April 10, 2017
KULBHUSHAN Jadhav has been sentenced to death by Kangroo Proceedings in Pakistan that no one even knows ever took placeGOI must get him back— Manish Tewari (@ManishTewari) April 10, 2017
When and where was trial of Kulbhushan Jadhav conducted? Why so much secrecy after an initial ISPR press conf to publicise his "confession"?— Bharti Jain (@bhartijainTOI) April 10, 2017
For a country that calls Hafiz Saeed a freedom fighter, ex naval officer #KulbhushanJadhav is a terrorist. No proof, yet death sentence!— Sweta Singh (@SwetaSinghAT) April 10, 2017
Breaking: Kulbhushan Jadhav, alleged Indian spy, sentenced to death by PAK military court. Does he not deserve an open and fair trial?— Rajdeep Sardesai (@sardesairajdeep) April 10, 2017