Pakistan Army chief meets Sharif amid Indo-Pak tensions

Cheryl Sanders
April 13, 2017

On Monday, Pakistan sentenced Kulbhushan Jadhav to death for carrying out espionage and sabotage activities in Balochistan and Karachi.

The external affairs minister labelled the charges against Jadhav as "concocted" and claimed there was no evidence of wrongdoing by him.

India on Tuesday warned Pakistan that execution of the death sentence handed down to Kulbhushan Jadhav by a military court would be taken as "pre-meditated murder" and Islamabad should consider its consequences on bilateral relations.

Swaraj dismissed Jadhav's trial as a farce and said Pakistan had ignored 13 separate requests in the past year to be permitted to offer him consular services. "Under these circumstances, we have no choice but to regard the sentence, if carried out, as an act of premeditated murder", Swaraj said.

He said that India had always been conspiring against Pakistan's integrity through proxy war and through firing along borders.

Reacting to India's stand, Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said that his country was peace loving but wasn't oblivious to defending its sovereignty and protecting its independence. "Today chief of army staff Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa confirmed his death sentence awarded by FGCM", the ISPR said.

The minister said those working against the security of Pakistan would be treated with "iron hands". Tharoor said that it was a matter that affected everyone in the country, which is why he is willing to work on the draft response. I am sure the Government of India is keenly observing all the developments and that Kulbhushan Jadhav will be safely brought back to India, ' Prakash told ANI.

Members of Jitan Ram Manjhi-led Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM) also led a march to protest the condemnation of Jadhav in Pakistan.

The comments came a day after Pakistan sentenced to death an alleged Indian spy, drawing angry reactions from New Delhi.

She said New Delhi would take up the issue with Pakistan at the highest levels.

India, on the other hand, believed that Jadhav who is a former Indian navy official was abducted from Iran.

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