UN declines to take position on Jadhav’s death sentence

Stephane Dujarric calls for peaceful resolution to issues between India and Pakistan

APP April 12, 2017
Stephane Dujarric calls for peaceful resolution to issues between India and Pakistan. VIDEO SCREENGRAB

UNITED NATIONS: A day after India called conviction of Kulbhushan Jadhav in Pakistan a ‘farcical trial’, the United Nations declined to take a position on the death sentence handed to the self-confessed Indian spy.

“We are not in a position to judge the process … [and] have a position on this particular case,” UN Secretary General's spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric said on Wednesday while responding to a question asked by an Indian journalist.

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When the Indian journalist drew Dujarric's attention to heightened tensions between India and Pakistan after Islamabad announced Jadhav had been sentenced to death for his role in fomenting terrorism in the country, the UN spokesperson reiterated the call for dialogue between the two South Asian neighbours.

“Overall, in terms of relations between India and Pakistan, we continue to underline the need for the parties to find a peaceful solution and to engage through dialogue,” Dujarric said.

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Jadhav was arrested on March 3 last year during a counter-intelligence operation in the Mashkel area of Balochistan. A few weeks later, the army released his recorded confessional statement in which he admitted he had been working for India’s premier spy agency, the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), to stoke unrest and 0instability in Pakistan, particularly in Balochistan and Karachi.

On Tuesday, India’s external affairs ministry reacted sharply to the death sentence announcement, issuing a protest to Pakistan's High Commissioner in New Delhi Abdul Basit which said the sentence, if it were carried out, would be regarded by the government and people of India as ‘premeditated murder’. India denies Jadhav was working for RAW but admits that he is a retired naval officer.

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Pritesh Mistry | 3 years ago | Reply | Recommend There is a deficiency in our blood to understand the arms market opened by US, Europe. They would never like to see peace between India and Pakistan. The fair people blood is smart enough. They taught us what kind of clothes to wear, what kind of vehicle you need to drive, how to talk with respect, Where as we never invented anything significant and so now paying high price to the multinational companies. It is our own mistake to have no vision or not seeing in whose favor things are going.Our blood boils in anger but even when blood is cold it is useless. Countries who has believed that 'GOD is dead and we are free' have progressed. People in this forum will try to drag the argument in favour of their country only because they will feel that their existence is in danger. The last level of though in every men mind is that if I want to leave happily then other will have to die, because if the other person does not die then there is a possibility that the other person will rule over us.
FAZ | 3 years ago | Reply | Recommend @PrakashG: Ironic! UN is the most irrelevant body on Earth today that has misrebly failed to resolve major disputes. It becomes so important to Indians all of a sudden when Jadev case popped up?
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