UN declines to take position on Jadhav’s death sentence

Published: April 13, 2017

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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Reader Comments (11)

  • PrakashG
    Apr 13, 2017 - 7:27AM

    UN-Human Rights High-Commissioner has a categorical stance against death penalty (“The death penalty has no place in the 21st century.” – from its website)
    UN doesn’t have to restate its position in every case.Recommend

  • Irfan_Sydney
    Apr 13, 2017 - 8:01AM

    It went like that. Indian officer in the UN: No Consular access was provided, He was carrying his passport, the trial took place inside a closed room, what would you like to tell the world about this blatant dishonesty of Pakistan? Could you please tell the world which side is right?
    UN RESPONSE: Can’t take the sides. NEXT Recommend

  • Nikki KHAN
    Apr 13, 2017 - 8:09AM

    UN should take its position on Kashmir dispute ,that is a core cause of terrorism in South Asia Recommend

  • Asad
    Apr 13, 2017 - 9:15AM

    UN should take notice of India atrocities in IoK.Recommend

  • Mahiwal
    Apr 13, 2017 - 9:47AM

    I demand execution of any terrorist and spy whether he / she belongs to India or Pakistan who found guilty.Recommend

  • abreez
    Apr 13, 2017 - 11:05AM

    India is and will be very important for West and for America as long as these countries will need Indian help against China. Pakistan should act wisely and must consider India importance as India will help Pakistan in future to keep a check on Pakistan’s inflation. Pakistani people will enjoy economic prosperity for the first time in their history as rail and road links will be very important in world economy. Inflation in any economy keeps a negative check on growth; therefore it is very important for Pakistan to act wisely. India and Afghanistan are two arch rivals of Pakistan but at the same time these two countries can purchase Pakistan’s inflation and can make Pakistani economy top 15 economies of the world.Recommend

  • Xof
    Apr 13, 2017 - 11:43AM

    So Indians, whoes next to take your cries?Recommend

  • LOL
    Apr 13, 2017 - 11:52AM

    hahahahahaha .. ‘rising superpower India’ they said.. hahahahaha.. noone cares.Recommend

  • gulshan
    Apr 13, 2017 - 2:08PM

    Pakistan wanted to bleed India with thousand cuts, India has endured enough, now it is Indian turn, But not to bleed Pakistan and nurture and nourish it with affection as its own body part since separated . India and Pakistan should progress to prosperity their own portion of kashmir and not eye each other’s sovereignty and not imagine changing geography of the region to the disastrous consequences for the region. let islamophobia and hindutava take back seat for good of the region. Let sane people speak together acheive peace and prosperity.Recommend

  • FAZ
    Apr 13, 2017 - 3:16PM

    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?Recommend

  • Pritesh Mistry
    Apr 13, 2017 - 9:44PM

    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.Recommend

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