Pakistan condemned Kulbhushan Jadhav, but India provided fair trials to 27 Pakistani spies: sources

There are currently 27 Pakistanis who are jailed in India on charges of spying. Some of them are in the process of being repatriated.

For one Kulbhushan Jadhav, who is alleged to be a spy in Islamabad's custody, India has 27 spies of Pakistani origin, who have been caught snooping against Indian targets but have been provided not just consular access but also given fair trial under country's judicial system.

Top government sources told Mail Today that five of these spies, who have been mostly booked under the Official Secrets Act for possessing top secret documents related to Indian defence establishments are also in the process of being repatriated after they have completed their sentences in the different jails of the country

The sources said despite these spies acting against Indian interests and some of them caught trying to sabotage military establishments, India has not given capital punishment to any of them.

Pakistan claims its security forces had arrested Jadhav from the restive Balochistan province on March 3 last year after he reportedly entered from Iran. It also claimed that he was 'a serving officer in the Indian Navy.'

It awarded death sentence to Jadhav, 46, which was confirmed by its Army chief gen Qamar Javed Bajwa after the field general court martial found him guilty of 'espionage and sabotage activities' in Pakistan.

27 PAKISTANIS CURRENTLY IN JAIL

Sources said the number of Pakistanis arrested for espionage was quite high but presently, there were only 27 of its nationals in jails for spying activities.

The list of Pakistanis in Indian jails includes the likes of Abbas Ali Khan in Gwalior jail, Sajid Munir in Bhopal, Malik Ahmad Mehmood in Warangal, Wakas Mehmood in Kanpur, Mohmmed Alam in Jalandhar and Javed Iqbal who is logged in the Pathankot jail in Punjab.

Most of the spies caught by the intelligence agencies have been apprehended from either military sensitive locations or in border towns.

Sources said there are two to three spies including Abdul Kala alias Aijaz, who are under trial, but a majority of them have been sentenced to jail terms ranging from 10 years to 18 years for multiple charges under the OSA and other offences related to espionage.

Sources said India would not leave any stone unturned to Kulbhushan Jadhav ensure safe release of Jadhav.

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