Kulbhushan Jadhav death sentence: Braj locals want govt to 'teach Pakistan a lesson it won't forget'

Anger is widespread in Agra's Braj region over the death sentence handed out Kulbhushan Jadhav by Pakistan Army.

Angry locals in Agra's Braj have posted a unanimous request to the government of India to 'teach Pakistan a lesson it won't forget', in retaliation for the death sentence pronounced by Pakistan Army against Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav.

Talking to India Today, a senior citizen said, "laaton ke bhoot baton se nahin maante (a stubborn person will never accept logic)." He said that if the government of Pakistan does not care for Indian diplomatic overtures to get Jadhav released from the illegal custody of Pakistan, then India should seek other means of getting him released.

Reactions on Kulbhushan Jadhav's death sentence are pretty much similar across the region.

Take a look at some of the reactions:

1. Bhartiya Muslim Vikas Parishad Chairman Sami Aghai said, "the Pakistani Defence and Foreign Ministers are lying in this case as they do almost every time. Kulbhushan Jadhav possesses an Indian passport and no spy will carry a valid Indian passport with him."

Aghai said that even Pakistani Media is saying that Jadhav has not been given justice, but the Indian media is silent on this issue which is quite perplexing.

2. Jameet-ul-Qureshi President Mohd. Shareef Kale said, "the entire Parliament has denounced the unjust pronouncement of death sentence to Kulbhushan Jadhav by the Pakistani Army Court and MPs are acting on the issue beyond party lines, which is evident from the way Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj has requested Congress leaders Shashi Tharoor and Ghulam Nabi Azad to draft a diplomatic letter to the Pakistani government.

Kale welcomed the Congress party's readiness to forget all party-line politics in the interest of the nation and said that whenever it comes to the country's security, Congress should always do so in the future too.

3. Firozabad social activist and Muslim leader Sayeed Patel said that if Pakistan does not listen to the diplomatic language of India, the matter should be raised in international forums, including the international court at Hague.

4. Dalit leader Rajkumar Nagrath said, "hundreds of Pakistani nationals are living in India currently without a valid visa and several Pakistanis are in the captivity of India law enforcement agencies for spying. The Indian government has never given them death sentences, but probably it is the time that Pakistan learns the lesson that 'what goes around, comes around'."

Nagrath said that Pakistanis infiltrate India with weapons through Kashmir, wage war against India and still they are afforded fair trial in an Indian court. "They are kept in prison for 10-12 years and then they are mostly returned to their homeland. If India too adopts a similar attitude like Pakistan, none of these Pakistanis will go back home alive."

5. Mathura social activist Mohd. Zaqir Qureshi said that even the UP assembly should pass a motion denouncing Pakistan on the Kulbhushan Jadhav matter and demand a strong military action against Pakistan if Jadhav is not returned to his home in good health.

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