Kulbhushan Jadhav death sentence: New Delhi says go slow on visas for Pak nationals

High-visibility applicants like actors, artists and singers to be first on radar

Written by Shubhajit Roy | New Delhi | Updated: April 14, 2017 11:45 am
Kulbhushan Jadhav, Kulbhushan jadhav Pakistan, Kulbhushan jadhav death sentence, Kulbhushan jadhav news, India Jadhav, India Pakistan, Pakistan visas, India visa for Pakistanis, Kulbhushan Jadhav Pakistan, Kulbhushan Jadhav death row, Jadhav innocent, India news, Indian Express Kulbhushan Jadhav death sentence: Earlier on Thursday, the government said it has no knowledge of Jadhav’s location in Pakistan or his health condition, and would once again seek consular access.

New Delhi is quietly moving ahead with curbs on visas for Pakistani nationals visiting India, with artists, singers and actors likely to be the first group to be singled out for maximum visibility and impact, South Block sources have told The Indian Express. This is, possibly, the first retaliatory step from India in the wake of the death sentence handed out to former navy officer Kulbhushan Jadhav by a secret Pakistani military court on charges of spying. India has maintained that Jadhav is an “innocent Indian kidnapped by Pakistan”.

READ: Pakistan’s dossier on Karachi network has little evidence to link Kulbhushan Jadhav to terror

While the initial idea was to block all visas for Pakistani nationals, sources said, it was decided to “test” the waters by first targeting a “high visibility” group. Sources said that although there have been no explicit instructions given to the Indian High Commission in Islamabad, a “go-slow mode” is being activated.

Officials said the government is toying with the idea of placing a blanket ban, too. But sources acknowledged that this would be difficult to implement as there are many categories requiring humanitarian intervention, including patients and students.

New Delhi and Islamabad are still at loggerheads over the issue of diplomatic visas over the last six months. After diplomats from both sides were withdrawn last year, at least 10 diplomatic visas — for diplomats and diplomatic staff — are pending.

“The present situation, after Jadhav’s sentencing, is going to get worse. The missions will have to work with depleted strength for some more months now, it seems,” said sources. Diplomats from the two missions met about three months ago, when the last tranche of visas for officials and diplomats was cleared.

South Block sources said the government is exploring various diplomatic and non-diplomatic options “to corner Pakistan on the issue.” “We are exploring soft as well as hard options,” said a source.

New Delhi will gauge the response from Islamabad, even as it explores diplomatic and legal options to save Jadhav from the gallows in Pakistan, said sources.

However, Pakistan appears to have hardened its stance on the issue with its Army chief Qamar Javed Bajwa telling Corps Commanders at the Rawalpindi GHQ Thursday that “no compromise shall be made on such anti-State acts”, while referring to Jadhav’s case.

Earlier on Thursday, the government said it has no knowledge of Jadhav’s location in Pakistan or his health condition, and would once again seek consular access. “We are making all efforts to get him back but we can’t reveal the steps that will be taken to achieve it,” said Gopal Baglay, official spokesperson, Ministry of External Affairs. “We are in touch with Pakistan through our High Commission on this immensely important issue.”

Pakistan has, so far, turned down 13 requests for consular access to Jadhav, who has been in custody since March last year.

“All our requests for consular access have been denied. The so-called legal process done by Pakistan was opaque,” said Baglay.

Pointing out that on one occasion, Pakistan had said that it would provide consular access provided India investigate the charges against Jadhav, he said, “That itself is a proof that they didn’t have enough evidence. Such a request is also against the established norms of seeking consular access.”

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    Ram Rave
    Apr 15, 2017 at 1:53 am
    I suspect already killed jadhav by excessive torture, and they r playing drama....
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      Om Prakash Varma
      Apr 14, 2017 at 6:21 pm
      India may do nothing however following could be option. Reduce dillomatic status. Move army to.boarder. Take air shortee in.border area. Throw pamphlets on border are of lakistan based on.wind direction asking them.to vacate and run Speed up dam projects in JK Award single.tender to US firms so that terroist donot disturb work. Stop import from. stan Transfer all stani prisoner to Nagaland. Catch any stan militery.person in dia and declare him spy and apply FGCM. award death by firing squad
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        Najam Hassan
        Apr 14, 2017 at 3:01 pm
        this is getting way too complicated. whose right whose wrong. who kidnapped who. why is there this complicated man who is "not a spy" but the India wants back and ..... s: www.globalvillagespace / stan-must-give-one-message-on-indias-self-confessed-state-actor/
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          lafanga
          Apr 14, 2017 at 2:54 pm
          This will affect less than 1 of stanis. Go right ahead.
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            Om Prakash Varma
            Apr 14, 2017 at 6:23 pm
            All God and peace loving people should rethink
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            Samir Rawat
            Apr 14, 2017 at 1:06 pm
            stan does not understand the language of peace that we have been using all this while; it's high time to back our guy jhadav who was kidnapped and sentenced by the stan army. If all other options fail, Let the Army' speak to them in the only language they understand '. The Nation owes it to soldiers like Jhadav who have given the best years of thier life to serve the country in uniform; we too must protect those who protect us.
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              Manoj Sharma
              Apr 14, 2017 at 12:38 pm
              Still allowing stani if they are medical cases ?????
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                Common Man
                Apr 14, 2017 at 11:17 am
                Indian bureaucracy is bottom of the barrel - worst kind. They can never protect interest of the nation nor its citizens. stan has better government machinery when it comes to dealing with India. That's the reason you see them being step ahead in almost all of issues - Kashmir unrest, cross border escalation, China stan economic corridor through POK, Kulbhusan Jadhav etc. Tall talk by politicians doesn't yield any results unless they can change the Indian bureaucracy
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                  asif
                  Apr 14, 2017 at 10:15 am
                  very nice step by indiots.We don't want to go dirty & cow pee drinker country.Be ready for war indiots.Your power will be finished very soon.
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                    Nitin Hirey
                    Apr 14, 2017 at 1:10 pm
                    Last time when Porkies forced war onto India, Nawaz Sharif had to ran to America, to stop India from annihilation of Porkystan and General Mushraff had to denied accepting his own soldiers body.
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                    pravin g
                    Apr 14, 2017 at 9:59 am
                    when they killed aqlaq and pehlu by state machinary - no hue and cry why so much love for jadhav becoz he spilled beans about RAAWW - so fearing loss of slaves brahmmnnist highly frustrated and it is love for power not jadhav. he was travelling on muslim fake name on p port - reports of Iran investigating the case since Jadhav was purportedly carrying out operations from there. Iranian Amb ador to India Gholamreza Ansari had then said that reports of the same had been shared informally with New Delhi. why he got pseudomane hussain mubarak patel on p port
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                      ЖЖЖ
                      Apr 14, 2017 at 9:25 am
                      By now India must be tired of stan's negative at ude displa towards building a healthy neighbourly relationship over the past 70 years. Till such time the stani Punjabi Mussalman army and stan's unwashed mullahs like Hafiz Saeed are dictating the course of stan's policy towards India, no meaningful positive approach can be expected from across the border. Instead of wasting energy and time on trying to build a friendly relationship with our Western neighbour, we must follow a NO WAR NO PEACE policy. Seal the border effectively as planned. Stop all commercial activity with stan, reduce the High Commissioner's post to a Charge d'affaires, stop all visas including to patients and students as well as relatives and religious preachers and tourists. If that is how stan wants to live with us, so be it.
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                        Indian
                        Apr 14, 2017 at 9:24 am
                        India should stop all contact with Pak- Stop all VISA, Bus, Train, Plane, Business, Sports, Music, Bollywood etc with PA_KIS. ..................... No PA-KI should NOT be allowed to enter India whatsoever may be the reason.
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                          JRD
                          Apr 14, 2017 at 5:34 pm
                          Or one option is Surgical Strike for safe removal of Jadhav
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                          periyar sumban
                          Apr 14, 2017 at 8:46 am
                          mani iyer, Burqa Butt, Mahesh Butt, Owaisi, azam Khan, Rahul y all are rejoicing Hindu humiliation at hands of extremists these anti-nationals mentioned above will object to anything Modi does
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                            Mohammad Dar
                            Apr 14, 2017 at 9:21 am
                            A dog of hinduism racism by faith , such as hindu immoral Mo di , does not deserve any respect but, to be impaled on the rod of truth like an animal, because hindrance to truth hinduism denial of human equality is not a faith but a crime against humanity.
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                              rameshnk
                              Apr 14, 2017 at 9:36 am
                              Mr.Dar you better get yourself mentally checked up in Karachi. That's where you ought to be!
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                                Mohammad Dar
                                Apr 14, 2017 at 10:24 am
                                How about trying to see matters of life from human perspective, not of hindrance to truth, hinduism, negativity to the truth.
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                                  Manoj Sharma
                                  Apr 14, 2017 at 12:44 pm
                                  Ymuslim pigs deserve to die using Gas
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                                  Tushar
                                  Apr 14, 2017 at 10:22 am
                                  How's that relevant to this .. Speak some thing related to this ..It's modi who went there and had lunch with nawas shereef ... And slashed confidence of Indian army with his Double face
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                                  IslamForFoools
                                  Apr 14, 2017 at 8:31 am
                                  So finally what SHIVSENA is saying since years to ba stanis is being implemented now, shivsena has vision, but ironically media promotes hatred against Hindu parties and tries to promote them as backwards when in reality they are most progressive. Hel b upon editors of news channels and news papers
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                                    Sourabh Shrivastava
                                    Apr 14, 2017 at 8:28 am
                                    hehheeh dnt get offended bhakts, bt are we considering ourslvs US where people want to come?
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                                      Jayanta Bhaumik
                                      Apr 14, 2017 at 8:23 am
                                      Better we the Indians stick to the decision that the imposition of BAN should be applied on any visa for entering India... We practically have no emotive link with stan, no personal grudge being in the scene for the common people of stan.
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                                        Apte
                                        Apr 14, 2017 at 8:15 am
                                        1. While it is absolutely necessary for our Home & External Affairs ministries to ensure that Kulbhushan Jadhav gets full legal istance, doubts remain about intentions of the stani army and Prime Minister of stan. W world knows that trial of Kulbhushan Jadhav was neither a fair nor a transparent trial. 2. I believe that death sentence awarded to Kulbhushan Jadhav underscores the fact that stan’s administration is virtually under control of its Army. Incidentally, Kulbhushan Jadhav episode just reemphasises that two more points: (a) There is only, if at all, a remote possibility of a dialogue between India and stan for normalisation of relations. (b) There is very little hope for survival of (i) democracy and (ii) rule of law in stan.
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                                          IslamForFoools
                                          Apr 14, 2017 at 8:10 am
                                          Going slow will not help, modi must do following things (1) cancel most favored nation status to stan (2) break all cultural and sports ties with stan (3) cancel all visas of actors and nationals except stani minorities who are victims of Islamic jihadi terrorism in stan(4)stop all trading with stan(5) stop all water going into stan from India, 100 percent of it should be stopped (6)ban Kashmiri saperatists from visiting stan or kill them in their houses if possible(7)promote saperatist s movements in Baluchistan and sindh , provide financial, logistical support to them(8)isolate stan on international level more aggressively (9)punish all stani illegals in India by converting them into Hinduism and make good humans out of them. (10) destroy overseas stani establishments in UK , USA by sabotaging their finances ( 11) make claim for Harappa and mohinjo Daro places, which are origins of Hindu culture, must be in
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                                            IslamForFoools
                                            Apr 14, 2017 at 8:06 am
                                            Going slow will not help, modi must do following things (1) cancel most favored nation status to stan (2) break all cultural and sports ties with stan (3) cancel all visas of actors and nationals except stani minorities who are victims of Islamic jihadi terrorism in stan.(3) stop all trading with stan(4) stop all water going into stan from India, 100 percent of it should be stopped.(5) ban Kashmiri saperatists from visiting stan or kill them in their houses if possible,(6) promote saperatist s movements in Baluchistan and sindh , provide financial, logistical support to them (7) isolate stan on international level more aggressively (8) punish all stani illegals in India by converting them into Hinduism and make good humans out of them. (9) destroy overseas stani establishments in UK , USA by sabotaging their finances ( 10) make claim for Harappa and mohinjo Daro places, which are origins of Hindu culture, must be in India.
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                                              Vick
                                              Apr 14, 2017 at 8:01 am
                                              All commercial flights to Porkistan to be suspended, Indian air space need to closed closed for any civilian flight going to porkistan, river water to be immediately diverted, no visa to be issued to any S. All Indian top hackers put to work to hack every Porki govt and private websites, cooperate wth Isaraelis to do covert operation on mility, Any country doing business with Porkistan should be given low priority in our country. Then let us see what happens.
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                                                Michellegt;Vedicgt;human
                                                Apr 14, 2017 at 7:24 am
                                                Kill all mohammadans,----Jai hind.
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                                                  IslamForFoools
                                                  Apr 14, 2017 at 8:33 am
                                                  At least we Hindus must have plan to convert them back to their original acestral religion of Sanatana dharma, so Hindu shud start converting them for the sake of humanity, not converting is no more an option, if entir Kashmir was Hindu, we would never be suffering like this today
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                                                    Tushar
                                                    Apr 14, 2017 at 10:50 am
                                                    Both of u need a change of medicine. Now mental status of u both are beyond the control of normal medicine
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                                                      Shah
                                                      Apr 14, 2017 at 3:47 pm
                                                      your sufferring is youur own ffault what goes around comes back around /
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                                                        Shah
                                                        Apr 14, 2017 at 4:00 pm
                                                        talking through your as- brings more dead bodies
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                                                        Shah
                                                        Apr 14, 2017 at 3:36 pm
                                                        humbug negative mouths
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                                                        Hindustani
                                                        Apr 14, 2017 at 7:22 am
                                                        Showing 6" chest... ban all Muslim. Your cop is beaten by a muslim...you stand and watch. Try that in with a cop in usa. That Muslim have been sent to Allah in second. Just 6" chest and even less than a katuua's diiiiiickk. DO WHAT MYNAMAR IS DOING TO MUSLIM...ELSE START A SCHEME TO GIVE FREE BURQAS TO HINDUS.
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                                                          Tushar
                                                          Apr 14, 2017 at 10:52 am
                                                          Few years back people whoade such communal provocative msgs were arrested and it was treated as a serious offense.....now modi and goons literally ruined the country
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                                                            Shah
                                                            Apr 14, 2017 at 3:51 pm
                                                            what we need more ice for the parties
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