February 7, 2018 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
Chandigarh: Former Indian navy officer and alleged Research & Analysis Wing (R&AW) spy Kulbhushan Jadhav who was condemned to death by a Pakistani military tribunal for spying, is now facing trial on terrorism and sabotage charges too, said a Pakistani official while interacting with the local media outlet in Pakistan.
The Pakistan government has also sought access to 13 Indian officials to get information in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case – a fact that is supposedly also mentioned in the counter-memorial submitted by Pakistan at the International Court of Justice (ICJ), reads the quote from the statement given by the official to an English daily.
But New Delhi has remained “stubbornly uncooperative”, he adds.
According to the official, Kulbhushan Jadhav, has multiple cases against him in which he had been indicted on terror and sabotage-related charges. The cases were progressing, he said, emphasising the one relating to spying had only concluded. The official did not disclose the names of the 13 Indian individuals.
Pakistan has also sought information about his Navy service file, bank record of his pension payment, and issuance of the passport in the name of Mubarak Hussain Patel. “We want to reach Jadhav’s handlers,” he said while interacting with Dawn news.
It is maintained by Pakistan that Kulbhushan Jadhav was apprehended by its security forces on March 3, 2016, while crossing over from Iran to Balochistan. On April 2017, a Field General Court Martial (FGCM) sentenced Jadhav to death after being found guilty of espionage.
Furthermore, it is consistently maintained by India that Jadhav is innocent and that he was kidnapped from Iran where he had gone for handling his businesses after superannuation from the Indian Navy. His appeals against the conviction have been rejected by the military appÂellate court and his mercy petition is lying with Pakistan Army Chief General Qamar Bajwa, reports Dawn news, notes Mid-Day.com in its report.