Pakistan puts out new video on Kulbhushan Jadhav, India calls it a propaganda stunt

Hours after Pakistan’s foreign ministry released the video, New Delhi said Islamabad’s “propagandistic exercises” have “no credibility”, and said it was “absurd” that a “captive under duress is certifying his own welfare”.

Written by Shubhajit Roy | New Delhi | Updated: January 5, 2018 7:09 am
Pakistan, Kulbhushan Jadhav, Kulbhushan Jadhav videos, Kulbhushan Jadhav confesssion video, Kulbhushan Jadhav confessions, india news Jadhav also echoed Islamabad’s point of view and reiterated that he was a serving Indian Navy officer.

PAKISTAN ON Thursday released another video of former Indian Navy officer Kulbhushan Jadhav, 47, who is currently on death row in Pakistan, in which he claimed that he was not ill-treated in custody. Jadhav also echoed Islamabad’s point of view and reiterated that he was a serving Indian Navy officer.

Hours after Pakistan’s foreign ministry released the video, New Delhi said Islamabad’s “propagandistic exercises” have “no credibility”, and said it was “absurd” that a “captive under duress is certifying his own welfare”.

In the video released on Thursday — the second since the December 25 meeting between Jadhav and his wife, Chetna, and mother, Avanti — Jadhav alleged that the “Indian diplomat” who accompanied his family had “yelled” at his mother.

Talking of his meeting with his wife and mother, Jadhav said: “I said, ‘don’t worry Mummy, they (Pakistan) are taking care of me, they have not touched me’. She believed me once she saw me personally… I saw fear in her (mother’s) eyes, the Indian diplomat was shouting at my mother the moment she stepped out. I saw him shouting, yelling at her. This (meeting) was a positive gesture, so that she (my mother) could be happy and I could be happy.”

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However, it was not clear how Jadhav saw the diplomat shouting at his mother. The Indian Deputy High Commissioner in Islamabad, J P Singh, who accompanied Jadhav’s wife and mother, remained outside the meeting area, separated by a glass partition, where he could hardly hear their conversation.

“I have to say one very important thing here, for the Indian public, Indian government and the Indian Navy, that my commission is not gone. I am a commissioned officer in the Indian Navy. Why are you lying about me working for an intelligence agency,” said Jadhav in the video.

While Pakistan has alleged that Jadhav is a serving Navy officer, and addresses him as Commander — his rank in the Indian Navy — in official communication and public statements, India has maintained he is a retired Indian Navy officer who was pursuing private business in Chabahar and was abducted from Iran.

Reacting to the video, MEA’s official spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said, “This does not come as a surprise. Pakistan is simply continuing its practice of putting out coerced statements on video. It is time for them to realise that such propagandistic exercises simply carry no credibility. The absurdity of a captive under duress certifying his own welfare while mouthing allegations of his captors clearly merits no comment. Pakistan is best advised to fulfil its international obligations, whether it pertains to consular relations or UNSC resolutions 1267 and 1373 on terrorism and to desist from continuing violations of human rights of an Indian national.”

India also reiterated its demand for consular access to Jadhav — the point of contention at the International Court of Justice at The Hague.

The video comes after India accused Pakistan of violating the understanding between the two countries on the meeting, and raised questions about Jadhav’s well-being. India had said that Jadhav appeared “coerced” and under “considerable stress” during the meeting with his family at the Pakistan Foreign Office on December 25.

In photographs of the meeting, released by Pakistan, Jadhav was seen sitting behind a glass screen while his mother and wife sat on the other side. They spoke through a telephone, and the entire 40-minute proceedings appeared to have been recorded on video.

The same day, Islamabad had released a video of Jadhav in which he thanked the Pakistani government for arranging the meeting.

Jadhav was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of espionage and terrorism in April, following which India moved the ICJ in May. A 10-member bench of the ICJ on May 18 restrained Pakistan from executing Jadhav till adjudication of the case. Both sides have filed their memorials (written arguments) in the last four months.

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  1. Qamar Saleem
    Jan 5, 2018 at 11:09 am
    Here are some hard facts, 1- He was caught with original valid Indian passport under the fake name of Hussein Mubarak Patel Indian govt. has not disputed the veracity of that passport neither in International Court of Justice nor anywhere else like UNO etc. 2- India hasn't lodged any formal complaint with Iran about the so called kidnapping of one of its citizens from Iranian soil (this looks very strange cuz it is always the first natural step of any country if its citizen is kidnapped from some other country's territory specially if he/she is a Naval Commander), neither has Iran complained to Pakistan! 3-There must be tens of thousands of Indians visiting Iran, and Pakistan couldn't find anyone to kidnap from there except an officer of the Indian Navy with a fake Muslim name! 4- His family has not been allowed to speak to even Indian media to protest his innocence or to give details of his so called business interests in Iran. RAW marks at whole episode evident visible.
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    1. Qamar Saleem
      Jan 5, 2018 at 11:08 am
      Some questions.., why India has not lodged case in ICJ against Pakistan for the alleged abduction of yadav from Iran?? or UNO may be? or to Iranian govt.?? why?? Why Indian govt. is not pleading yadav's innocence in ICJ? why only asking consular access?? what Indian govt. is hiding?, Indian ministry of external affairs talks everything but do not for some reason denies that passport bearing a muslim name used for more than 17 times for travel by yadav (India, Iran, thailand etc.). Why Yadav's family is not allowed to talk to even Indian media to plead their case? while sarbajit singh's (another Indian spy and a terrorist) family was allowed to talk to Indian even Pakistani media, they are still giving interviews to Indian media, Why yadav's family is banned to talk to media? i mean Indian public should ask these basic question from their govt
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      1. Qamar Saleem
        Jan 5, 2018 at 11:07 am
        Come on guys, Indian Ministry of External Affairs talking everything except the Passport (with fake info) thing, i mean Pakistan's main evidence is that passport recovered from yadav, bearing a muslim name, Indian MEA should cut the and deny/dispute that passport, Pak foreign office sent a Letter of interest to MEA India with the copy of that passport attached, this passport has been used 17 times by yadav for travel, these r very direct questions/accusations, yesterday Pak FO spokesperson again asked about that passport, why Indian authorities are shying away from that passport, they talk everything but not challenge the veracity of that passport, neither in ICJ nor anywhere else like UNO etc. and why still India hasn't lodged any formal complaint with Iran about the so called kidnapping of one of its citizens from Iranian soil?? neither has Iran complained to Pak, it would had made Indian case even more stronger, i mean Indians should ask these basic questions from their govt.
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        1. Michelle:: Vedic::human
          Jan 5, 2018 at 7:19 am
          The only true story should come out from the mother and the wife,---that are back in India and they she speak out whether it's true what YADAV is saying,---what's holding the mother and the wife???,---just tell the world the truth of propaganda by PORKISTAN,----Jai hind.
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