Pakistan followed due legal process in Jadhav's trial: Khawaja Asif

Published: April 11, 2017
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ISLAMABAD: Defence Minister Khawaja Asif on Tuesday said that awarding the death sentence to Indian spy Kulbushan Jadhav was followed in accordance with due process of law.

Refuting Indian claims that the sentence was premeditated murder, the minister told the Senate that the law of the land was applied and the trial in question went on for three months. He further added that the actions of the Indian forces in occupied-Kashmir amounted to ‘premeditated murder’.

“We have done absolutely nothing that’s against the rules and regulations but there is premeditated murder going on even today in Kashmir,” said the minister.

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The minister told the lawmakers that “there was nothing in the legal proceedings that was against the law,” said Asif, adding that “the trial went on for three months.”

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

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Addressing the senate, Asif also tried clearing the air surrounding the Saudi-led military alliance and Pakistan’s participation in it.

He said the country wouldn’t become part of any alliance which is created to foment sectarian strife in the region and that it was also Pakistan’s duty to protect Saudi Arabia.

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The defence minister shared with the senate that Saudi Arabia had written a letter requesting Pakistan to allow Gen (retd) Raheel Sharif to head the alliance. The government responded that the former army chief could be sent to join it whenever the middle-eastern country was in need.

He also said that a meeting to discuss the military alliance of Muslim countries and setting the Term of References (ToRs) was due in May, on which Senate Chairman Raza Rabbani asked him to get the ToRs approved by parliament first.

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Reader Comments (5)

  • Sial
    Apr 11, 2017 - 6:14PM

    He is a serving Indian naval officer hence his trial by the military court.Recommend

  • curious2
    Apr 11, 2017 - 7:53PM

    @Sial He is a serving Indian naval officer hence his trial by the military court.
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    Not sure I follow that logic. Some countries require their soldiers to be tried by military courts vs civilian courts but I am not aware of any country that requires foreign soldiers to be tried by their military courts. Recommend

  • Billa
    Apr 11, 2017 - 9:43PM

    Our parliament has allowed that the terrorists to be tried by the military court.@curious2: Recommend

  • hellodrsoul
    Apr 12, 2017 - 1:11AM

    India has to stop this madness. No body is going to get impressed. Fate of Mr. Yadav has been decided after due process of law. Indians should behave maturely instead of creating useless hypeRecommend

  • Hasan
    Apr 12, 2017 - 11:54AM

    What you do is what you deserve; what goes around comes around.

    When you send spies to another country to do harm to their peace loving people, yo deserve the death penalty.

    Its high time Pakistan adopted a ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY for India and its terrorism on Pakistani soil.Recommend

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