Pakistan says Indian spy facing death has right to appeal

Pakistan Army officer who went missing in Nepal played a role in Kulbhushan Jadhav's kidnapping

Pakistan Army officer who went missing in Nepal played a role in Kulbhushan Jadhav's kidnapping

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj also warned Pakistan that if Jadhav was executed, that would amount to "pre-meditated murder" and that they should "consider its consequences" on bilateral relations.

India on Friday made it clear that it will go to "any extent" to get justice for Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav who has been sentenced to death in Pakistan after an army court found him guilty of espionage.

On reports of Jadhav carrying a fake passport, Baglay said, "We can not ascertain anything since we did not have any consular access".

"We demanded a meeting (with Jadhav), but they denied", Bambawale told reporters after meeting Pakistan Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua here.

All political parties in Pakistan unanimously agreed that Kulbhushan Jadhav should be given death sentence after going through the legal process, he said.

The Sholay writer said here is a great opportunity for Pakistan to mend its relationship with India.

Aziz also said that Indian statements on the issue could lead to diplomatic tensions.

Addressing the media in Islamabad, Aziz said, "Inflammatory statements and rhetoric about "pre-meditated murder" and "unrest in Balochistan", will only result in escalation, serving no useful objective".

Mr. Aziz in a detailed statement read out to the media at the Foreign Office said that India through its reaction was aggravating the situation.

The first trial proceeding was held on September 21, second proceeding on October 19, third proceeding on November 29, 2016 and fourth proceeding on February 12, 2017.

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Since the death sentence was announced, Indian and Pakistani politicians and officials have engaged in a heated exchange of words.

Gen Bajwa also lauded the efforts of intelligence agencies and other law enforcers towards the successful execution of counter-terrorism operations across Pakistan, the ISPR said. Even Indian experts point out that court martial trial procedure is well laid out under the Pakistan Military Act of 1952 and in turn it is derived from British military laws and is consistent with global practices.

"As is widely known, Kalbushan Yadav alias, Hussain Mubarak Patel, a serving Commander of Indian Navy, and working with the Indian Intelligence Agency/RAW was apprehended on March 3, 2016 after he illegally crossed over into Pakistan from the Saravan border in Iran".

About options available to Yadav, he said the convict has right of appeal within forty days to an appellate court and he may lodge a mercy petition to the COAS within sixty days of the decision by the appellate court.

Aziz said Jhadav, who has been sentenced to death, was "directly involved" in the following list of subversive acts.

"India demanded consular access to Jadhav for 14th time".

Sartaj Aziz emphatically stated that the whole nation is solemnly united against any threat to Pakistan's security that may emerge.

A strict action will be taken, against any lawyer, who extends his services to the former Indian Ex Navy officer, Kulbhushan Jadhav, said Lahore Bar Commission (LHC).

Jadhav, who was arrested in March past year by Pakistan and accused of espionage, was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on Monday triggering tension between the neighbouring countries.

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