K.Jadhav case: Pakistan’s argument is ‘very strong,’ Foreign Office


Pakistan possess solid arguments in Jadhav case

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s contention pertaining to Indian covert agent Kulbhushan Jadhav case is “exceptionally solid”, Foreign Office (FO) Spokesperson Dr. Mohammad Faisal affirms while briefing on Thursday.

Dr Faisal said that India had neglected to clarify why Jadhav had passport Id under the name of Hussein Mubarak and how he could he be travel with it 17 times if it was fake. He likewise contended that if Jadhav was, in fact, a resigned maritime officer, his retirement details ought to be shared by India.

“Kulbhushan was arrested from our soil and his confessional statement is on record as well,” Dr. Faisal said.

Jadhav, the official of India’s Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) was caught in Pakistan on March 3, 2016, amid a task by security forces in Balochistan’s Mashkel territory. He was associated with espionage activities and damage inside Pakistan. India maintains that Jadhav is retired naval official, however.

Jadhav was condemned to death in 2017 by a military court for his espionage activities. His pleas against the sentenced have been dismissed by the military investigative courts, and mercy appeal is pending before Army Chief Gen Qamar Bajwa.

India moved toward the International Court of Justice (ICJ) against Pakistan for violation Article 36 of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations by denying consular access to Jadhav promptly after his arrest. Pakistan in Dec 2017 facilitated Jadhav’s meeting with his wife, and his mother, on humanitarian grounds.

Pakistan submitted its second reply to the court on July 17, addressing all questions raised by India. The first response was submitted in Dec 2017.

Pakistan has submitted its second answer to the ICJ on July 17, tending to all inquiries raised by India. The principal response was submitted in Dec 2017.

FO Spokesperson also addressed the matter of a United Nations (UN) report on human rights abuses in Kashmir, describing it as a “victory of Pakistan’s foreign policy”. The FO spokesperson added that 23 people had been killed by the Indian army in India-held Kashmir last week.

India had failed to respond to the authenticity of Kulbhushan Jadhav’s passport and is yet to confirm if the passport, issued to one Hussein Mubarak Patel, is Jadhav’s passport. FO Spokesperson Dr. Muhammad Faisal further added.


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