An Indian national was today arrested in Pakistan for not carrying travel documents, according to a media report. The Indian man, who has not been identified, was arrested from F-8 area of Islamabad for not having complete travel documents, Samaa TV reported.
An official of the Indian High Commission, however, said that the mission does not have any information about the arrest so far. A case has been filed against him and he has been sent to jail on judicial remand, the report said.
The arrest came days after the International Court of Justice stayed the execution of Indian national Kulbhushan
Jadhav, who was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of “involvement in espionage and
sabotage activities” against the country.
Pakistan claims its security forces arrested him from its restive Balochistan province on March 3 last year after he
reportedly entered from Iran. However, India maintains that he was kidnapped from Iran where he had business interests after retiring from the Navy. Jadhav’s case is the latest flashpoint in the tensions between Pakistan and India.
According to government sources, since the case has reached the international court, it is incumbent on Pakistan to produce “material evidence” about his whereabout and well-being. They also stressed on the requirement for Pakistan to produce evidence of proper trial which it claimed to have conducted in the case.
Asked if the government has information on Jadhav’s location in Pakistan, External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Gopal Baglay said, “As of today, the Pakistan government has not provided any information about Jadhav’s condition or where he has been kept there. This has been a matter of concern.”
Last month, India had also asked the Pakistan government to provide a report on his medical condition. On Jadhav’s appeal process, he said, “Unfortunately, India has no information on the issue.”