Kulbhushan Jadhav death sentence: There will be consequences, will go out of way to get justice for son of India, says Swaraj

Swaraj said the exact circumstances under which Jadhav reached Pakistan are unclear and can only be ascertained if India has consular access to him, which has been denied by the Pakistani authorities.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: April 12, 2017 10:37 am
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A day after a Pakistani military court handed Kulbhushan Jadhav the death penalty for being an Indian “spy”, the government warned Islamabad of “consequences” on bilateral ties if the sentence is carried out. The government assured agitated members of Parliament that it will go “out of the way” to ensure justice to the former Navy officer who has been in Pakistani custody since March 2016.

Making a statement in both Houses of Parliament Tuesday, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, who described Jadhav as a “son of India”, said his execution will be taken by India as “pre-meditated murder” and Pakistan should “consider the consequences for our bilateral relationship if they proceed on this matter”.

In Rajya Sabha, while responding to Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad’s query on whether Jadhav will be provided a lawyer in the Pakistan Supreme Court, Swaraj said: “Yeh toh aapne bahut chhoti baat kahi hai. Supreme Court ke liye toh bade se bade vakil ki vyavastha karenge. Lekin kewal Supreme Court me hi nahin, is poore case mein, isey bachane ke liye jo bhi karna parega, out of the way jaakar woh bhi hum log karenge (This is a very small thing you have mentioned. We will arrange for the best of lawyers in the Supreme Court. Not only for the Supreme Court, but for the entire case. We will go out of the way to save him).”

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“Let me state clearly that the government and people of India would view very seriously the possibility that an innocent Indian citizen is facing death sentence in Pakistan without due process and in violation of basic norms of law, justice and international relations. I would caution the Pakistan government to consider the consequences for our bilateral relationship if they proceed on this matter,” she said.

She said the charges against Jadhav, who was doing business in Iran and was kidnapped and taken to Pakistan, are “concocted” and the trial against him was “farcical”, leading to an “indefensible verdict”.

“There is no evidence of wrongdoing by 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.”

Questioning the trial, she said Pakistan had sought India’s assistance to obtain evidence for its investigation and levelled “ridiculous charges” against senior Indian officials who had no connection to this issue. Pakistan then linked providing consular access to India’s acceptance of its position. The Indian response, she said, was constructive in the hope that some forward movement could be made.

“We pointed out that consular access to Jadhav would be an essential pre-requisite in order to verify the facts and understand the circumstances of his presence in Pakistan. Given this exchange, it is extraordinary that yesterday, a decision is suddenly announced awarding a death sentence in this case when previous exchanges with India itself underlines the insufficiency of evidence,” she said.

“To make matters even more absurd, three hours after the death sentence was announced, the Indian High Commission received an official communication from the Foreign Ministry of Pakistan, reiterating the Pakistani proposal for conditional consular access.”

“That tells us a lot about the farcical nature of the alleged proceedings which have led to an indefensible verdict against an innocent kidnapped Indian,” she said, describing Jadhav as “not only the son of his parents, but is the son of India”.

Swaraj said the exact circumstances under which Jadhav reached Pakistan are unclear and can only be ascertained if India has consular access to him, which has been denied by the Pakistani authorities. Such access is provided for by international law and is deemed a norm in international relations but the government of Pakistan did not permit it, she said.

She also informed Parliament that a senior Pakistani leader has himself expressed doubts about the adequacy of evidence in the case. This was an oblique reference to Pakistan Prime Minister’s foreign affairs advisor Sartaj Aziz telling Pakistan’s Senate that the evidence was “insufficient”, which was later denied by the Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry.

She said she has been in touch with Jadhav’s parents and the government was extending them its fullest support in this difficult situation. “I have met them two-three times and have been in phone conversation about six times,” she told Rajya Sabha.

Her statement came after Opposition members in Rajya Sabha, including SP’s Naresh Agarwal, raised the issue of Jadhav and said it was an attempt to defame India and deflect attention of the international community from Pakistan-sponsored terrorism.

Earlier in Lok Sabha, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said the government will do everything possible to get justice for Jadhav. Condemning the award of death penalty, Singh said that Pakistan had ignored all norms of law and justice.

“The government strongly condemns it. All norms of law and justice were ignored. I want to assure the House that the government will do everything possible to get justice for Jadhav. He will get justice,” he said.

As soon as Lok Sabha met for the day, members cut across party lines to slam Pakistan over the award of the death penalty. Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge questioned the government on its silence, a remark that drew a sharp response from BJP members who said the government had already spoken on the matter.

“Without an invitation, you can attend a marriage, but you cannot meet him or talk to him on the issue,” Kharge said, referring to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Lahore to attend a wedding in the Nawaz Sharif family.

Speaker Sumitra Mahajan stepped in and told members: “There should be no spat on the issue. We all are equally concerned about the fate of Jadhav.”

Outside the House, Congress leader P Chidambaram said the government should inform Parliament about the efforts it had made to secure the release of Jadhav. Slamming Pakistan, he said Jadhav had been put through a kangaroo trial.

“I recall a statement by Sartaj Aziz in December 2016, where he said that there is not enough evidence to proceed against Kulbhushan… From a statement which says that there is not enough evidence to legally proceed against Kulbhushan to a death penalty given by a military tribunal, whose jurisdiction to try an unarmed foreigner is seriously in doubt, is a huge leap,” he said.

The world, he said, “knows that this was a kangaroo trial if a trial took place at all, and the so-called justice meted out to Kulbhushan is sham justice.”

“The whole nation condemns Pakistan for going through this mock or kangaroo trial and inflicting this maximum penalty upon an admitted Indian citizen, who according to reports was perhaps kidnapped from a third country and not arrested in territory controlled by Pakistan. We hope that good sense will prevail and the death penalty imposed by this sham tribunal will not be carried out. This I am saying in the fervent hope and prayer that Kulbhushan is still alive,” he said.

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First Published on: April 12, 2017 5:02 am
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    sumit
    Apr 12, 2017 at 11:01 am
    porkis are trailing with Indian names isi mission to spread hate..
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      vijay karthik
      Apr 12, 2017 at 9:25 am
      when several Tamil people died in Sri Lankan civil war, u and ur party and the dynasty party as well spoke nothing but when a north Indian was about to be hanged, u speak about consequences....I appreciate the paksitan for giving the death sentence to a north Indian Hindi dog.....................please separate Tamilnadu from the north Indian racists ............Tamilnadu is the 2nd largest state in terms of GDP and stands in top 5 in HUMAN DEVELOPEMT INDEX though the central govt. has not helped Tamil Nadu for the past 60 years and the nearby states like Kerala, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh not releasing enough water to us....
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        Mohammad Dar
        Apr 12, 2017 at 10:10 am
        get rid of hind crime of hinduism racism by faith, and free yourself of slavery of dogs of hinduism racism by faith, Brahmans, to live in peace. Be a human in human equality, not a dog of hinduism racism by faith, a hindu.
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          vijay karthik
          Apr 12, 2017 at 10:23 am
          thanks for ur support.....man....
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            vijay karthik
            Apr 12, 2017 at 10:25 am
            thanks for ur support man....
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              Mohammad Dar
              Apr 12, 2017 at 11:09 am
              You are welcome.
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            vijay karthik
            Apr 12, 2017 at 9:25 am
            when several Tamil people died in Sri Lankan civil war, u and ur party and the dynasty party as well spoke nothing but when a north Indian was about to be hanged, u speak about consequences....I appreciate the stan gov. for giving the death sentence to a north Indian Hindi dog.....................please separate Tamilnadu from the north Indian racists ............Tamilnadu is the 2nd largest state in terms of GDP and stands in top 5 in HUMAN DEVELOPEMT INDEX though the central govt. has not helped Tamil Nadu for the past 60 years and the nearby states like Kerala, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh not releasing enough water to us....
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              vijay karthik
              Apr 12, 2017 at 9:24 am
              when several Tamil people died in Sri Lankan civil war, u and ur party and the dynasty party as well spoke nothing but when a north Indian was about to be hanged, u speak about consequences....I appreciate the stani govt. for giving the death sentence to a north Indian Hindi dog.....................please separate Tamilnadu from the north Indian racists ............Tamilnadu is the 2nd largest state in terms of GDP and stands in top 5 in HUMAN DEVELOPEMT INDEX though the central govt. has not helped Tamil Nadu for the past 60 years and the nearby states like Kerala, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh not releasing enough water to us....
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                vijay karthik
                Apr 12, 2017 at 9:24 am
                when several Tamil people died in Sri Lankan civil war, u and ur party and the dynasty party as well spoke nothing but when a north Indian was about to be hanged, u speak about consequences....I appreciate the stani govt. for giving the death sentence to a north Indian Hindi dog.....................please separate Tamilnadu from the north Indian racists ............Tamilnadu is the 2nd largest state in terms of GDP and stands in top 5 in HUMAN DEVELOPEMT INDEX though the central govt. has not helped Tamil Nadu for the past 60 years and the nearby states like Kerala, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh not releasing enough water to us....
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                  vijay karthik
                  Apr 12, 2017 at 9:23 am
                  when several Tamil people died in Sri Lankan civil war, u and ur party and the dynasty party as well spoke nothing but when a north Indian was about to be hanged, u speak about consequences....I appreciate the stani govt. for giving the death sentence to a north Indian Hindi dog.....................please separate Tamilnadu from the north Indian racists ............Tamilnadu is the 2nd largest state in terms of GDP and stands in top 5 in HUMAN DEVELOPEMT INDEX though the central govt. has not helped Tamil Nadu for the past 60 years and the nearby states like Kerala, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh not releasing enough water to us....
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                    nag koteswar
                    Apr 12, 2017 at 9:25 am
                    Which river water Andhra did not release to Tamil Nadu?
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                      vijay karthik
                      Apr 12, 2017 at 9:32 am
                      Krishna water from Kandaleru reservoir
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                      Sundar
                      Apr 12, 2017 at 9:50 am
                      FYI, the srilankan tamils are Citizens of Srilanka. But this man is an indian citizen. Moreover the Tamilnadu GDP and etc has come upto this due to the connection with mainstream i.e. India the Bharat. Not because of our colleague tamils individual hardwork. Meanwhile with respect to the rasicst remarks, i would like to say from your Human Deve Index point Top 5. Let us also be tolerant as Top 1 when the north Indian's rasicst remarks. Not all north indians are rasicst.Some are here and there. Just ignore those. With respect to Water problem you have mentioned, let us join hands to connect all the river waters in india so that there won't be scarcity for none, so that we would do a great job for the next generation atleast. 60 years of No help from Central, it was the Kongi heriditory govt. that ruled india, not only tamilnadu they haven't done for many states. Now i visualize that the present govt. is taking steps to make india a federalism which is good start. Hope for the best Bro
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                        vijay karthik
                        Apr 12, 2017 at 10:21 am
                        fool. 1..all states are connected with the mainsteam.i.e the so called India (or f k Bharat)...and then why all they have not achieved this like the Tamilnadu and it is just because of all Tamilians hard work and in fact, u may be lazy and that's not the matter ... 2. even the Maharatstara which is the top 1 state in terms of GDP but lags behind Tamilnadu in HUMAN DEVELOPMENT INDEX .3. if u say that SriLankan Tamils are the citizens of Srilanka then u have no rights to express condolence for those people who are settled in foreign countries like USA ,UK, AUSTRALIA, NEWZEALAND AND SO ON when they are attacked by the foreigners because they are their citizens and INDIA does not permit dual citizenship and they are not Indian citizens...4. now the Hindi racist govt. proposes to close the water dispute tribunal which would mainly affect Tamilnadu..5.the only solution for Tamilnadu is to become independent..6.. even the great USSR dissolved...what about the pseudo joined Indian states.
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                          vijay karthik
                          Apr 12, 2017 at 10:23 am
                          fool. 1..all states are connected with the mainsteam.i.e the so called India (or f k Bharat)...and then why all they have not achieved this like the Tamilnadu and it is just because of all Tamilians hard work and in fact, u may be lazy and that's not the matter ... 2. even the Maharatstara which is the top 1 state in terms of GDP but lags behind Tamilnadu in HUMAN DEVELOPMENT INDEX .3. if u say that SriLankan Tamils are the citizens of Srilanka then u have no rights to express condolence for those people who are settled in foreign countries like USA ,UK, AUSTRALIA, NEWZEALAND AND SO ON when they are attacked by the foreigners because they are their citizens and INDIA does not permit dual citizenship and they are not Indian citizens...4. now the Hindi racist govt. proposes to close the water dispute tribunal which would mainly affect Tamilnadu..5.the only solution for Tamilnadu is to become independent..6.. even the great USSR dissolved...what about the pseudo joined Indian states.
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                            vijay karthik
                            Apr 12, 2017 at 10:26 am
                            fool. 1..all states are connected with the mainsteam.i.e the so called India (or f k Bharat)...and then why all they have not achieved this like the Tamilnadu and it is just because of all Tamilians hard work and in fact, u may be lazy and that's not the matter ... 2. even the Maharatstara which is the top 1 state in terms of GDP but lags behind Tamilnadu in HUMAN DEVELOPMENT INDEX .3. if u say that SriLankan Tamils are the citizens of Srilanka then u have no rights to express condolence for those people who are settled in foreign countries like USA ,UK, AUSTRALIA, NEWZEALAND AND SO ON when they are attacked by the foreigners because they are their citizens and INDIA does not permit dual citizenship and they are not Indian citizens...4. now the Hindi racist govt. proposes to close the water dispute tribunal which would mainly affect Tamilnadu..5.the only solution for Tamilnadu is to become independent..6.. even the great USSR dissolved...what about the pseudo joined Indian states.
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                          Mohammad Dar
                          Apr 12, 2017 at 8:42 am
                          Who cares ? hindrance to truth hindu immoral indec self centered absurdities of a follower of the one, in hindrance to truth, hindu criminal by faith hindus, go ahead stan, give hindu criminal terrorist a trial, and hang him in public, on the border of swamp of hindrance to truth, negative to truth, hinduism, called india.
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                            nag koteswar
                            Apr 12, 2017 at 9:42 am
                            Is there stantimes website to read their news instead? I am sure not many Indians rad and comment on stan news websites. Indian TV channels hardly show nay news of stan unlike stan TV that conducts many panel discussions on many India's internal and external issues. It seems stan is more obsessed with every move of India and it seems they are dependent on India's internal issues for their existence.
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                              Mohammad Dar
                              Apr 12, 2017 at 10:06 am
                              Typical hindrance to truth hinduism,day dreaming.
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                              vijay karthik
                              Apr 12, 2017 at 10:24 am
                              thanks for giving the death sentence to the north Indian Hindi dog...
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                                MANISH
                                Apr 12, 2017 at 5:38 pm
                                APNI LANGUAGE THIK KARO BHAI SAHAB.OTHERWISE
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                              Jadhav
                              Apr 12, 2017 at 8:32 am
                              News editor, check headline, it should be Jadhav, not Yadav.
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                                chander
                                Apr 12, 2017 at 8:15 am
                                The consequence will definitely include converting Jinnah House to Khulbhushan Jadhav Memorial. Period.
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                                  Girish Rao
                                  Apr 12, 2017 at 7:45 am
                                  stan is trying hard to prove it is a failed state and begging the world community to declare it one
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                                    Girish Rao
                                    Apr 12, 2017 at 7:46 am
                                    stan
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                                      Girish Rao
                                      Apr 12, 2017 at 7:48 am
                                      What the heck if I type the name of p a k I s t a n only stan is coming some censorship it is shame on the moderators
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                                    Vijay Shah
                                    Apr 12, 2017 at 6:51 am
                                    stan is like a dog's tail. They need a strong answer than surgical strike. We Indians are ready to join the military to once and for all show them that their existence is because we allow them to leave in peace or else they would have been off the world map way back. Hindustan Zindabad. stan Murdabad.
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                                      ahmedshaheryar
                                      Apr 12, 2017 at 2:18 pm
                                      will u spare killers of innocent Indians? then how can you expect others to do what you want them to do. In case he was not caught, he would have done much more damage to our country. Yes it should be a fair trial and all the facts must be considered before going for any penalty i.e. death or imprisonment? Both the countries should not do politics on this. If he is son of India then he should have the knowledge of severe consequences if all his operations or intelligence were compromised which in this case happened.
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