India will go out of its way to save Jadhav from death row: Sushma Swaraj

Published: April 11, 2017
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Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj on Tuesday said New Delhi will go “out of the way” to save Kulbushan Jadhav from death row.

The Indian spy was awarded death sentence on Monday after being tried through the Field General Court Martial (FGCM) under the Pakistan Army Act (PAA).

Addressing Jadhav as “a son of India”, Swaraj warned the Pakistani government “to consider the consequences for our bilateral relationship if they proceed on this matter,” Hindustan Times quoted the Indian external affairs minister as saying before the Parliament.

“Charges against Jadhav are concocted,” she added. “There is no evidence of wrong-doing by him.”

Self-confessed Indian spy awarded death sentence

Further addressing the Parliament on Tuesday, Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh said Jadhav has a valid Indian visa, hence cannot be categorised as a spy.

He said, “We [the Indian government] will do everything possible to get justice” for Kulbushan Jadhav, The Times of India reported.

On Monday, Jadhav – who was caught from Balochistan last year and who has confessed to fomenting terrorism in Pakistan – was awarded the death penalty in an unprecedented decision that immediately sparked a bitter diplomatic spat between the two hostile neighbours.

Identified as Kulbushan Sudhir Jadhav, the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) agent had been operating in Pakistan disguised as Hussein Mubarak Patel and was tried on charges of espionage and sabotage activities in Pakistan.

Jadhav was arrested on March 3 last year during a counter-intelligence operation from the Mashkel area of Balochistan. A few weeks later, the army had released his recorded confessional statement in which he had admitted to have been working for RAW to stoke unrest and instability in Pakistan.

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In a six-minute video shown on the national media, Jadhav confessed that he had been tasked with creating unrest in Balochistan and Karachi, to which he had apparently made several visits under a fake identity since 2003. India denies Jadhav was a RAW agent but admits that he was a retired naval officer.

According to the ISPR, Jadhav has also confessed before a magistrate and the court that he was tasked by RAW to plan, coordinate and organise espionage and sabotage activities aiming to destabilise and wage war against Pakistan by impeding the efforts for restoring peace in Balochistan and Karachi.

While majority in Pakistan endorsed the death sentence, the reaction from India was swift and angry.

Just hours after the military’s announcement, Pakistan’s High Commissioner Abdul Basit was summoned by the Indian foreign secretary and was issued a demarche, calling Jadhav’s trial ‘farcical.’

“The proceedings that have led to the sentence against Shri Jadhav [Jadhav] are farcical in the absence of any credible evidence against him. It is significant that our High Commission was not even informed that Shri Jadhav [Jadhav] was being brought to trial,” said India’s Ministry of External Affairs.

The strongly-worded demarche further said that if due course of law was not observed in the case, India would regard Jadhav’s execution as murder in the first degree. “If this sentence against an Indian citizen, awarded without observing basic norms of law and justice, is carried out, the government and people of India will regard it as a case of premeditated murder,” it said.

The Pakistani envoy, however, strongly rejected India’s protest defending the death sentence.

Basit reportedly told the Indian foreign secretary that “on the one hand you perpetrate terrorism in Pakistan and record protest against us on the other. We have not done anything wrong. A terrorist must be punished,” Basit further said.

Pakistan considered the arrest of Jadhav as a living proof of Indian state agencies’ involvement in creating unrest in the country. Islamabad also submitted dossiers to the United Nations containing evidence of India’s involvement in terrorism based on Jadhav’s activities.

Tehran probing whether Jadhav crossed border illegally

Security officials claimed that based on the information extracted from Jadhav, a major crackdown was also launched against the RAW network in Pakistan.

Pakistan and India have detained each other’s nationals on charges of espionage in the past but this is the first time in the chequered history of Indo-Pak relations that any serving military official was arrested and handed down the capital punishment for spying.

Defence analysts and former diplomats said the decision to sentence a RAW agent would send a clear message to India that Pakistan would not accept state-sponsored terrorism from the neighbouring country.

Many here believe that Jadhav was working under India’s ‘offensive defence’ doctrine authored by National Security Adviser Ajit Doval. The doctrine envisaged exploiting Pakistan’s internal weakness while at the same time backing militant groups to foment violence in the country.

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In his confessional statement, Jadhav had admitted that he was working directly under the RAW chief, further vindicating Pakistan’s stance of India’s involvement in subversive activities. The development came at a time when relations between Pakistan and India are at their lowest and is likely to further flare up the temperatures.

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Reader Comments (58)

  • Ghayur
    Apr 11, 2017 - 12:32PM

    What the Son of Soil was doing on our Soil secretly???Recommend

  • rich
    Apr 11, 2017 - 12:33PM

    be ready to face water problems if he is hanged

    more water during mansoon, less water during summer ect ect

    everything is fair when its warRecommend

  • salman
    Apr 11, 2017 - 12:44PM

    Yawns. You should had thought before sending terrorists into our land to kill Pakistanis. Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Apr 11, 2017 - 12:47PM

    Should have thought about the consequences before sending him. Anyhow, someone needs to remind the Indian FM, this is real world not bollywood.Recommend

  • PrakashG
    Apr 11, 2017 - 12:48PM

    Pakistan should reconsider the sentence. They are going to gain nothing by executing him, but alive, Pakistan can use him as a bargain chip.Recommend

  • Yogesh
    Apr 11, 2017 - 1:00PM

    Which intelligence agency in its right mind would send a retired naval officer for espionage? Usually spies are convicted criminals or low level players whose weaknesses are exploited to send them to other countries, so that if they are caught they could be easily disowned. They are expendable. This person had a valid passport and a legal Iranian visa. Do spies carry their identities like that. Lastly, India overtly accepted he was Indian. All you have for proof is a confession. And that of course is circumstantial evidence, not legible in any CIVILIAN court.Recommend

  • Acorn Guts
    Apr 11, 2017 - 1:00PM

    India should concentrate on increasing the quality & professionalism of their spies instead of crying over an amateur who got caught.Recommend

  • Sara
    Apr 11, 2017 - 1:06PM

    This is why the mughal king babur treated them the way he did. Even when caught red handed they act innocent. Recommend

  • SYM
    Apr 11, 2017 - 1:49PM

    Dear Dil Walay Indians,

    He was caught red handed. Secondly, there was utter silence from the Indian government untill yesterday. Thirdly, you will speak to the President? LOL. Everyone in the world knows that his case was directly handled by the army and mr President has no right to interfere in Military actions. His sentence was approved by The Army Chief. A pleasent surprise is what Modi Sarkar Awaits now. You can not save him now please ask the family members of those killed by Yadavs evil actions.Recommend

  • Zee
    Apr 11, 2017 - 1:51PM

    well if he’s the son of india … then too bad, you guys have been producing nothing but terrorists.Recommend

  • ARYA Kshatriya
    Apr 11, 2017 - 1:55PM

    Even military solution is on the card this time!
    Our forces are ready for punitive action against Pakistan Recommend

  • Gruham
    Apr 11, 2017 - 1:58PM

    The Pakistan government does not know what the Army decided, and the opposition does not know what the government decided. What a sorry state of affairs!Recommend

  • Jamil Doe
    Apr 11, 2017 - 2:00PM

    “While majority in Pakistan endorsed the death sentence, the reaction from India was swift and angry.”

    Its incredible how quickly ET was able to find out what the majority of the Pakistanis support…Recommend

  • salman
    Apr 11, 2017 - 2:03PM

    The son of the soil was enjoying vacation in Pakistan… The mother wants to portray her son as HERORecommend

  • Vectra
    Apr 11, 2017 - 2:04PM

    That’s scary ,tough time ahead as India warned of going out of its way.What action India will take us still unclear.Recommend

  • FAZ
    Apr 11, 2017 - 2:11PM

    “Usually spies are convicted criminals or low level players whose weaknesses are exploited to send them to other countries, so that if they are caught they could be easily disowned”

    For God sake, stop watch bollywood!Recommend

  • irfan
    Apr 11, 2017 - 2:17PM

    I think like Mughal , we need to rule them again . Indian always over estimate themselvesRecommend

  • yousaf jamal akhtar
    Apr 11, 2017 - 2:18PM

    maybe this is what they were referring to as a surgical strike !!!Recommend

  • FAZ
    Apr 11, 2017 - 2:22PM

    Like the way you went to isolate Pakistan?Recommend

  • anil sahu
    Apr 11, 2017 - 2:25PM

    @Zee dont consider everyone is like you.Recommend

  • Jitesh
    Apr 11, 2017 - 2:26PM

    His surname is not yadav(north indian) but jadhav(maharastrian)Recommend

  • cautious
    Apr 11, 2017 - 2:26PM

    When was the last time you read about the USA, Russia, China etc executing a spy? It just doesn’t happen. This will end up backfiring on Pakistan – both with India and the rest of the World. Recommend

  • anil sahu
    Apr 11, 2017 - 2:27PM

    @FAZ dont do fake chest thumping so many pak spies already in indian jail. do dua for them Recommend

  • Yogesh
    Apr 11, 2017 - 2:32PM

    @FAZ
    If you’re literate you should read the case of Sajeed Munir. And BTW, I do love my Hindi movies. Considerig the ban on Pakistani actors, I can understand your newfound hate toward our film industry :)Recommend

  • Xenit
    Apr 11, 2017 - 2:35PM

    He should be hanged ASAP. What is India gonna do? We are not sleeping, Are We? Only thing you can do is catch a pigeon but we catch a person who confesses himself, suddenly he is being portrayed as an innocent indian, give me a break. We both know who is doing what so stop acting all innocent. I know it burns but that’s the way it is. I know india is gonna frame that Pakistani Colonel so let’s see what happens.Recommend

  • Hmm
    Apr 11, 2017 - 2:37PM

    @FAZ: Well, you must be a fan of James Bond fantasy if you think spies are buffy ex-military con artists. Stop watching Hollywood!Recommend

  • Asad
    Apr 11, 2017 - 3:01PM

    Please send Saif Ali Khan and Katrina Kaif for a rescue mission. Recommend

  • tasadiq
    Apr 11, 2017 - 3:18PM

    Alas – if both sides could tackle poverty in their respected lands with such zest and vigour.

    BUT there is no two ways – Treason can only end in one way.

    This includes Pakistani Traitors under the following guises:
    * Economic Terrorists who loot and plunder Pak resources and stash them in foreign banks
    * In-house facilitators of foreign spies (Karachi, Baluchistan, OBL)
    * Political parties that facilitate extremist groups that are destroying Pak societyRecommend

  • Vectra
    Apr 11, 2017 - 3:25PM

    Tough time ahead as India warned of going out of its way.What action India will take us still unclear but still a cause of concernRecommend

  • Pakistani
    Apr 11, 2017 - 3:28PM

    Indian parliamentarians should watch confessional video of Kulbushan Yadav again and again. What he was doing on our soil. Such statement of Indian FM seems like encouraging other RAW spies operating in Pakistan to keep continue their terrorists activities in Pakistan and India will protect them. Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Apr 11, 2017 - 3:32PM

    Correction – Will go out of the way to save him, wo poore Hindustan ka agent hai.Recommend

  • Amit
    Apr 11, 2017 - 3:33PM

    @Pakistani:
    Ya that’s why they are saying that. Btw which pirated bollywood movie are you going to watch next.Recommend

  • Shuaib
    Apr 11, 2017 - 4:00PM

    @rich: well you guys are already blocking it. Why should we care. Also you guys tried to isolate us and failed. Recommend

  • FAZ
    Apr 11, 2017 - 4:18PM

    @Hmm:
    Well your taste speaks of the name you quote. For this weekend, try watching “Charlie Wilson’s war”. It will enlighten you of as to how US manipulated and nourished the Jihadi mentality in the first place. Fruits of which we all are bearing todayRecommend

  • Asad
    Apr 11, 2017 - 4:19PM

    @ARYA Kshatriya:
    The way your army did a surgical strike?Recommend

  • MR J
    Apr 11, 2017 - 4:42PM

    To all my indian friends. Why do I see you commenting on Pàkistani newspapers such as this & Dawn. I’m not hating or anything but I have seen your newspaper like Hindustan times etc Have you guys ever read the comments their about Pakistan or when a Pakistani comments there. I’m up for peace but these double standards have got to go. When Pakistan offers peace talks through trade or sports, you guys act differently but when a indian spy gets caught you say it will damage “relationship”. There is no relationship so why don’t we live and let live, just a thought.Recommend

  • Usman Fayyaz
    Apr 11, 2017 - 4:52PM

    Stop black mailing us India. We do with terrorist, what world do. He confessed what he was he has done in our country.Now he has to face consequences. You think thrice before you send your terrorist in Pakistan!!!Recommend

  • Secular
    Apr 11, 2017 - 6:03PM

    In essence she is admitting to Jadhav being an asset of India. Did anyone notice that?Recommend

  • masoom
    Apr 11, 2017 - 6:42PM

    when their son of soil was organizing terrorist activities on our soil there was no threat to bilateral relations but when he was caught red handed they refuse to accept the Indian citizenship even but now declaring son of soil to whom India is making fool !Recommend

  • Shah
    Apr 11, 2017 - 6:55PM

    @Acorn Guts: ; Absolutely and do it; Why you Hindus-tanis send incompetent guys to do spying and terrorism in my country; Do you think we are sitting and watching; we are always one step ahead of you morons; Recommend

  • Shah
    Apr 11, 2017 - 8:11PM

    @Zee: First these Hindus denied he was Hindus-tani; Looking elsewhere, but we knew these Hindus were having Loose Motions; We know for sure and also have copy of his Navy Service book with proof that he was deputized to RAW for spying and terror activities in my country; he was due to retire from Navy service in 2022; But now; he is going to retire forever in 2017; Recommend

  • Shah
    Apr 11, 2017 - 8:30PM

    @Jitesh: Thank You for pointing out… It does make a difference though; Makes hanging a bit quicker;Recommend

  • Shah
    Apr 11, 2017 - 8:42PM

    @Secular: ; Yes sure, noted; We will give them Hindus asset fully stiff packed and gift wrapped in a box;Recommend

  • Sajid Ansari
    Apr 11, 2017 - 9:14PM

    Subramanian Swamy Jee, and Ms. Sushma Swaraj

    Before giving this statement have you ever thought that not only Pakistan but all 57 OIC Member countries will also recognize, Kashmir, Khalistan, Nagaland, Tripura, Assam, Meghalaya and Mizoram states in India, as Independent Countries.
    And with the recognition of 7 states by 57 OIC member countries in India, as independent countries will make things much easier for the total breakup of India as many other states will also follow the suit.
    Balochistan will remain an integral part of Pakistan, inshaAllah, as it is not E. Pakistan where India sent 300,000 of her trained soldiers (of the Indian army), in civilian dresses posing as Mukti Bahinis and the air supply line of Pakistan was also cut off. You guys are thinking childishly to do the same tricks in Baluchistan.

    Kalbhushan and all of his 400 associates are to be hanged within a day or two, come what may.
    Allah-ho-Akbar, Pakistan ZindabadRecommend

  • Faisal
    Apr 11, 2017 - 10:51PM

    @Ghayur:
    That too with a fake name Hussain Mubarakpur! Passport issued by Indian govt with fake name! the whole world knows that he was a spy who was involved in terrorist activities in Pakistan. Recommend

  • Faisal
    Apr 11, 2017 - 11:03PM

    @Yogesh:
    Why was he using a fake name Hussain Mobarakpur? Do all Indians have 2 passports one with their real Hindu name and one with a fake Muslim to travel to countries like Iran?? Do you have a second passport with the name Yunus Patel? Come on face the facts man! Recommend

  • Faisal
    Apr 11, 2017 - 11:09PM

    @rich:
    the whole world has treaties and conduct in place for things like rivers and water. Even when France and Germany were at war for centuries they didn’t interrupt eachother’s water supply. Oh wait this applies only to human beings’ codes of conduct. My mistake! Recommend

  • Rebirth
    Apr 11, 2017 - 11:16PM

    They’ve already gone ‘out of the way’ by deceptively kidnapping a retired colonel.Recommend

  • Ali
    Apr 12, 2017 - 1:52AM

    @rich:
    Oh please, as if India does any favors to Pakistan ever… go jump off the coconut treeRecommend

  • Ali
    Apr 12, 2017 - 1:57AM

    @Jitesh:
    thanks, now we know where to send the bodyRecommend

  • muhammad saif ur rehman
    Apr 12, 2017 - 3:00AM

    He was probably directing attacks against naval assets and CPEC, providing targets and resources to baloch insurgents and suuni extremists. As an officer he did his duty and I think he is ready to die. I think Indians should prepare a hero s funeral for him. This is not the time for cheap talk..he deserves better!Recommend

  • The Rational
    Apr 12, 2017 - 3:11AM

    Why punish a pawn. Poor thing was just following the orders of his masters. If justice is to be served then produce evidence before the world (such as, his fake passport, other members of the network he was facilitating that were caught afterwards, etc.) trial and expose the Indian propaganda and their designs. Please do not execute him. I am sure the guy has family, etc.Recommend

  • kamal
    Apr 12, 2017 - 3:36AM

    Time to take off our gloves. Execute Yadav for sure. Call India’s bluff. One misstep and we go all out Support for IOK separation. India can only bluff. THEY know the consequences.Recommend

  • Pukubanger
    Apr 12, 2017 - 6:53AM

    True or false, spy or innocent, let us forget for a moment. If hanged, Kulbhushan Jadhav will ensure independence of Baluchistan. I can bet a zillion dollars on that. I find lack of brains is the biggest reason nations go down. Recommend

  • Ajax
    Apr 12, 2017 - 10:38AM

    @Sajid Ansari:
    @Ghayur:
    Ha ha …what a joke man…. a bunch of jokers called OIC who depend on Americans for their A2Z, who though own oil, does not have any power to cut it off…Who cares what they consider or do not…… Pak is already official sidekick of China…… heavily dependent on the funds pumped by it…. If India diverts Indus, the first country to dump Pak will be China…….get a life…. sooner or later he will be surely released. You have done it previously too… Recommend

  • Fits
    Apr 13, 2017 - 11:28AM

    It seems like we revel in conflict. It’s one thing or the other. Just looking at the site, it’s something that India did or US did. And of course everything China does is so 100% correct. There is no objectivity.Recommend

  • Sajid Ansari
    Apr 14, 2017 - 4:29PM

    @rich:

    The Indians have a very short memory. The Indian PM in 1960 had said the same thing and in reply to it the then President of Pakistan, Ayub Khan said, ” Muslims will prefer to die fighting instead of without water.”.

    In complete violation of Indus Basin Water Treaty, India is stealing our water from the rivers, Indus, Jhelum, and Chenab and filling the Dams.being made in IOK. The time is coming fast when we shall get all these Dams, made by India, and use water in abundance.
    Please keep working on all dams. Recommend

  • Sajid Ansari
    Apr 14, 2017 - 4:40PM

    @Vectra:
    What India can do..,? may use nukes to save a terrorist and get killed millions on the Indian side in a backlash…? Ok, go ahead Sushma jee, you will see a rain of nuclear missiles in every part of India as it will be the last and final war of Pakistan with India. There are more casualties in thickly populated areas than less thickly populated, keep it in mind, we are ready.Recommend

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