Lok SabhaRajya Sabha

April 11, 2017

Saugata Roy condemns death sentence given to Kulbhushan Jadhav by Pakistan

Saugata Roy condemns death sentence given to Kulbhushan Jadhav by Pakistan

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Madam, I join the other Members in condemning the order by a military court in Pakistan, the death sentence of Kulbhusan Jadhav. Since the Pakistan Government did not and was not able to prosecute him in normal court, his trial was held secretly in a military court. So far, Pakistan has not produced any proof of his involvement in any espionage activity. In fact, it is said that he was arrested from Tehran, which has no connection to Pakistan.

Kulbhusan Jadhav was a former Navy commando, who had retired and was in legitimate business in Iran. If he would be involved in espionage activities, he would not be having an Indian passport, as he was carrying. We condemn this attitude of the Pakistan authorities.

We are happy that the Foreign Secretary Mr Jaishankar had issued a démarche

to Pakistan and had totally criticised the very wrong step by the Pakistani authorities. This shows that Pakistan, which harbours so many terrorists – like Hafiz Saeed of Jama’at-ud-Da’wah, Masood Azhar, who was released from India – is taking vindictive action against India. The Indian Government has held back release of some Pakistani prisoners on this ground.

The Government must realize that the whole country is behind it and criticising Pakistan.