A member of India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday said New Delhi should support Balochistan's separation if Kulbushan Jadhav is executed.
“If Pakistan hangs Jadhav then India must recognise Balochistan as an independent country,” BJP MP Subramanian Swamy tweeted.
If Pak hangs Jadhav then India must recognise Baluchistan as an independent country— Subramanian Swamy (@Swamy39) April 11, 2017
Swamy's statement comes a day after Indian spy Kulbushan 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.
India will go out of its way to save Jadhav from death row: Sushma Swaraj
The ultra-right Hindu politician went on to say, "And after Jadhav, if Pakistan does another atrocity, Sindh will be seceded out of Pakistan."
: And after Jadhav if Pak does another atrocity then Sindh will be seceded out of Baki-stan— Subramanian Swamy (@Swamy39) April 11, 2017
Earlier today, Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj called Jadhav “a son of India” and warned the Pakistani government “to consider the consequences for our bilateral relationship if they proceed on this matter”.
Further addressing the Parliament, Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh said Jadhav has a valid Indian visa, hence cannot be categorised as a spy.
Self-confessed Indian spy awarded death sentence
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.