Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif discusses Kulbhushan Jadhav’s death penalty with Army chief Qamar Bajwa, commutation of sentence unlikely

Ravi Kaushal
Islamabad, Oct 6: The mercy petition of retired Indian Navy officer Kulbhushan Jadhav is likely to be announced today as Pakistan Army on Thursday said that it is close to decision on it and boasted of ‘good news’ for the people of Pakistan. A senior Pakistani army officer on Thursday told the reporters that ‘good news’ may come […]

New Delhi, April 11: In a major development, Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif reportedly met Pakistani Army Chief Qamar Javed Bajwa to discuss the death sentence to the Indian citizen Kulbhusan Jadhav. Leading News Channel NDTV reported that Pakistani Army Chief Qamar Javed Bajwa said that no external interference will be tolerated. He added that homeland security remains of utmost importance to the Pakistani army.

In an earlier development, a Pakistani Military court had awarded death sentence to Kulbhushan Yadav on the charges of snooping. Reacting strongly to the death sentence, Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj said that the Indian government would consider the act as pre-mediated murder. She alleged that Kulbhushan Jadhav was not given adequate chances to represent his case.

Addressing the Rajya Sabha over the matter, she had said, “Our position on this matter is clear. There is no evidence of wrongdoing by Shri Jadhav. If anything, he is the victim of a plan that seeks to cast aspersions on India to deflect international attention from Pakistan’s well-known record of sponsoring and supporting terrorism. Under these circumstances, we have no choice but to regard the sentence, if carried out, as an act of pre-meditated murder.”

Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge too said that government must put all efforts to save the life of Kulbhushan Jadhav. He said, “We have given a notice on this. Government must try to release him. He was a businessman and was doing business. If Pakistan abducts him and hangs him then this is not fair. Our Prime Minister and External Affairs Minister must put their efforts to release him,”