Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Gopal Baglay on April 13 addressed a press conference and asserted that alleged Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav is an innocent man and that he was kidnapped and taken to Pakistan. He further affirmed that Pakistan had not provided any details of Jadhav and have neither disclosed his location.
MEA stated that Indian government had provided all the facts relating to Kulbhushan Jadhav almost a year ago adding that Pakistan had denied consular access for 13 times. “Pakistan has not shared with us till now any details of Kulbhushan Jadhav’s location or how he is,” MEA said.
“So far Pakistan has denied all our requests for consular access. The so-called legal process done by Pakistan was opaque,” Gopal Baglay added. However, Baglay stated that there was no basis for his arrest and that were making all the efforts to bring him back.
— ANI (@ANI_news) April 13, 2017
This come days after External Affais Minister Sushma Swaraj released statement asserting that Pakistan had violated basic norms after declining consular access on several occassions. She also warned Pakistan to consider consequences on bilateral ties of both the countries if they proceeded with the death sentence. Pakistan prime minister’s Foreign Affairs Advisor Sartaj Aziz had once admitted that the country did not have any “conclusive evidence against Kulbhushan Jadhav.
Former Indian navy officer Kulbhushan Jadhav was arrested in March 2016. India lodged a protest against the sentence and asserted that if Pakistan went ahead with the sentence, it would be regarded as a “premeditated murder”.