Who is Kulbhushan Jadhav?

Despite multiple requests from India in the past, Pakistan has been denying consular access to Jadhav claiming that New Delhi wants to extract information gathered by its “spy." 

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: December 25, 2017 5:35 pm
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Kulbhushan Jadhav, a former Indian Navy officer, was arrested by Pakistani officials on March 3, 2016, on suspicion of espionage and sabotage activities against the country. Claiming that Jadhav was an Indian spy, the Pakistani military court sentenced him to death. The Indian side, however, maintains that Jadhav was kidnapped from Iran where he had business interests after retiring from the Navy and that he has no links with the government. The execution was stayed after India’s appeal at International Court of Justice.

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After multiple attempts from India to connect with Jadhav, Pakistan in December allowed his family to meet him, “in the light of Islamic traditions and based on purely humanitarian grounds.” India requested the presence of an Indian envoy during the meeting and that the family will not be harassed while in Pakistan. Agreeing to both the demands, Pakistan granted the visa to Jadhav’s mother and wife, stating that allowing an Indian diplomat constituted consular access to India. The Indian side, has, however, downplayed the claim.

Despite multiple requests from India in the past, Pakistan has been denying consular access to Jadhav claiming that New Delhi wants to extract information gathered by its “spy”. In its counter-memorial submitted to the International Court of Justice (ICJ), Pakistan said the provision of such an access under the Vienna Convention is only for legitimate visitors and not for spies, a media report said.

The story so far

Almost a month after his arrest, Pakistan released a video of Jadhav ‘confessing’ to being a spy for RAW. In the video, Jadhavsaid he had been directing various activities in Karachi and Balochistan “at the behest of RAW”, the Indian intelligence agency and that he was still with the Indian Navy. He also “confessed” that he was recruited by RAW in 2013, but established “a base” in Iran’s Chabahar 10 years before that, making clandestine journeys to Karachi and Balochistan. According to officials in Pakistan, Jadhav had converted to Islam and worked at Gadani under the cover of a scrap dealer. The Ministry of External Affairs, however, rejected the video calling it doctored and fake.

Jadhav was identified in India as the son of Sudhir Jadhav, a retired Assistant Commissioner of Police in Mumbai. His uncle, Subhash Jadhav, was in charge of the Bandra police station in 2002 when the hit-and-run case was registered there against Bollywood actor Salman Khan. According to sources from his family, Jadhav had sought premature retirement from the Navy in order to start his own business.

Details about his involvement with the RAW are ambiguous. Jadhav obtained a passport (E6934766) from Pune in November 2003. This passport identified him with the pseudonym, Hussein Mubarak Patel. According to this passport, Jadhav was born in 1968 and joined the Navy in 1987. His batchmates remember him as an elusive person, who never attended reunions and remained absent for long periods. The address on his passport too was incomplete.

Not much is known of his stay in Iran. According to sources in Chabahar, Jadhav lived with his family; his family, however, declined to comment on this. The Indian theory regards his arrest as one done by deceit. According to officials, Jadhav may have been lured into Pakistan since he was caught with his original passport.

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  1. Rigour Mortis
    Dec 25, 2017 at 3:42 pm
    1.He was caught with original valid Indian passport under the fake name of Hussein Mubarak Patel! 2 dia 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 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. So rather than trying to cover up RA W's subversive activities, India would be better off admitting that he is indeed a spy caught red handed, and trying to reach some mutually acceptable trade off with Pakistan. Otherwise, he is going to hang..
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    1. Ameer Hamza
      Dec 25, 2017 at 5:43 pm
      Agree he's useless now to both India and Pakistan, Pakistan is just doing this to make India look bad and Indian government is just trying to save her from the opposition and bad press it would get from the hanging it will hurt the BJP in re-election.
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      1. Mohammad Dar
        Dec 25, 2017 at 7:34 pm
        Useless in a hindu crooked mind of a hindu crook by faith, he is very good to be hanged, and buried 6 feet under ground, to be a lesson for the dogs of hinduism terrorism, pretending to be human being.
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      2. Qamar Saleem
        Dec 26, 2017 at 11:17 am
        Agreed, the most important part is Indian govt. has not denied or disputed the veracity of that Passport, remember Pakistan sent a letter of interest with copy of that passport with some questions, but no answer from indian govt. yet. Actually Indian govt. can't deny that passport because he (Kulbhushan) has used that passport for travel for more than 17 times, so the immigration information is there, so you see Indian govt. talking everything about abduction etc. but not about that passport with fake information. You know if any indian analyse whole stuff with an unbiased approach, its a 2 2 4 like situation.
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      3. Rigour Mortis
        Dec 25, 2017 at 3:41 pm
        1.He was caught with original valid Indian passport under the fake name of Hussein Mubarak Patel! 2 dia 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 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. So rather than trying to cover up RA W's subversive activities, India would be better off admitting that he is indeed a spy caught red handed, and trying to reach some mutually acceptable trade off with Pakistan. Otherwise, he is going to hang.
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        1. Qamar Saleem
          Dec 26, 2017 at 11:18 am
          Agreed, the most important part is Indian govt. has not denied or disputed the veracity of that Passport, remember Pakistan sent a letter of interest with copy of that passport with some questions, but no answer from indian govt. yet. Actually Indian govt. can't deny that passport because he (Kulbhushan) has used that passport for travel for more than 17 times, so the immigration information is there, so you see Indian govt. talking everything about abduction etc. but not about that passport with fake information. You know if any indian analyse whole stuff with an unbiased approach, its a 2 2 4 like situation.
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          Jayyed
          Dec 25, 2017 at 2:42 pm
          The article states the fact that he had a Muslim pseudonym and a fake passport and details about his involvement with RAW. Also the fact that Pakistan agreed to the meeting after repeated Indian requests rather than the propaganda that ICJ asked Pakistan to do so. Hopefully the ladies will go back and tell others that treading the path of destruction leads to a bad end.
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          1. Johnny Sack
            Dec 25, 2017 at 2:33 pm
            he is a spy . what else? like any country will accept that they were spying on their neighbors. so he is a fisherman
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            1. Ameer Hamza
              Dec 25, 2017 at 5:46 pm
              He got sloppy he should have committed suicide ing coward.
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              1. Qamar Saleem
                Dec 26, 2017 at 11:27 am
                Pakistan have proof of his involvement in terror activities inside Pakistan at the behest of RAW India, even if one have to take your opinion that he is a spy, its a crime with repercussions. Check this article, its by an indian author Karan Thapar. The mysterious Mr Jadhav : indianexpress /article/opinion/columns/the-mysterious-kulbhushan-jadhav-death-sentence-by-pakistan-double-passport-hussein-mubarak-patel-spy-4621558/
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                1. Qamar Saleem
                  Dec 26, 2017 at 11:54 am
                  Check this too. Also indian source. HOW DID PAK ARREST JADHAV? THEY HEARD HIM SPEAK MARATHI s: mumbaimirror diatimes /mumbai/cover-story/How-did-Pak-arrest-Jadhav-They-heard-him-speak-Marathi/articleshow/51579077.cms
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