A Pakistan military court has sentenced alleged Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav to death over allegations of his involvement in espionage and sabotage activities against Pakistan. Pakistan has been claiming that Jadhav was sourcing information as a RAW agent to the Indian government. While India has accepted that Jadhav is a retired Navy officer, it has strongly denied the allegations of its links with the Central government.
Here is all you need to know about Jadhav and the action taken by Pakistan against him:
– Pakistan has claimed that Kulbhushan Jadhav was arrested on March 3, 2016 through a counter-intelligence operation in Balochistan’s Mashkel area.
– However, the Indian government believed that he was picked up from Iran.
– In a “confessional video” released by Pakistan, Jadhav was heard saying that he was a serving Indian Navy officer.
– In December 2016, Foreign Advisor to Pakistani’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif Sartaj Aziz had admitted that there was a dearth of evidence into Jadhav’s role in any act of espionage.
-India has strongly denied the allegations of its links with the Central government.
– On April 10, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) released a statement saying, a Field General Court Martial awarded the capital punishment and Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa had confirmed the death sentence.
-The ISPR statement said, Jadhav was tried under section 59 of the Pakistan Army Act, 1952, and section 3 of the Official Secrets Act, 1923.