Shashi Tharoor likely to help Modi government draft statement on Kulbhushan Jadhav

Once Congress MP Shashi Tharoor drafts the resolution, it will be vetted by the Prime Minister's Office before being presented by the House.

Congress leader Shashi Tharoor is likely to help the Narendra Modi government draft the Statement of Solidarity on the issue of Kulbhushan Jadhav. This statement will be adopted by both Houses of Parliament.

Parliament today condemned Pakistan for sentencing Kulbhushan Jadhav to death.

Once Congress MP Shashi Tharoor drafts the resolution, it will be vetted by the Prime Minister's Office before being presented by the House.

VIOLATION OF GENEVA CONVENTION

Tharoor, a former under-secretary general at the United Nations, is known for his lucid views on economics, politics and international affairs.

He slammed Pakistan for the death sentence to Jadhav and called it an assault on international laws and conventions.

"What Pakistan is doing is not only an assault on India, it is an assault on international laws, international conventions that affect everybody", Shashi Tharoor said in Lok Sabha.

"The extremely important thing for us is to uphold the principles. Thirteen times this gentleman was denied consular access, which is a basic right. Geneva conventions have been violated by Pakistan... This is an extremely serious matter," Tharoor said.

AN ACT OF PREMEDITATED MURDER

Swaraj, in a strongly-worded speech, warned Pakistan of dire consequences if they execute the death penalty to Kulbhushan Jadhav, who has been charged by a military court of espionage.

"There is no evidence of any wrongdoing by Kulbhushan Jadhav. This is an act of premeditated murder," Sushma Swaraj said in Parliament.

Earlier, Congress-led Opposition cornered the government for failing to raise Kulbhushan Jadhav issue with Pakistan. The Prime Minister visited Pakistan but failed to raise Kulbhushan Jadhav issue with his Pakistani counterpart, said Mallikarjun Kharge, Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha.

To this, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said the government will do whatever it takes to ensure release of Kulbhushan Jadhav, a former Indian Navy officer who was arrested by Pakistan security forces last year.

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